Diana’s Dirt

My name is Diana Gardner-Williams, born and raised as a bona-fide Gardner, resourceful and imaginative. Diana Digs Dirt is our design/build company addressing everything outdoors

Diana-2 My objectives as a professional are:

  • addressing homeowners desires and education regarding the purpose of plants utilized
  • improving existing site conditions for positive water flow
  • complement existing topography, style of home, personality
  • applying the principles and elements of design
  • creating a harmonious and aesthetic landscape with functionality. In other words, developing a beautiful garden having a sense of flow/cohesion and using the outdoor palette of materials to serve a purpose ( screen, water absorption plants, fragrance, etc)
  • designing the perfect landscape tapestry for my clients

Diana Digs Dirt blog informs the Triad of workshops, landscape tips, sales, plant swaps and basically anything outdoors. At the bottom is a button to click if you would like to alerted of a new post.

I provide an array of services for residential and small business owners of the Piedmont Triad Area. See Landscape Services page.

A referral program is in place for those needing extra income and love gardening. Contact

My passion also includes speaking on the topic of gardening and landscaping design. July of 2007 the National SHARE organization invited me to present a workshop to bereaved parents of pregnancy and infant loss on creating memory gardens, honoring their children.


Feel free to contact me to present a workshop to your church groups, gardens groups, homeowners association meetings, grief support meetings or other organizations interested in the healing properties of memory gardens or general landscape design for the Piedmont Triad area.

Buffalo, NY was my birth place and currently reside in the Greensboro (Liberty), NC area with my family, where the climate is more suitable to work  year round. A Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture was obtained from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in 1998. I worked for a small landscape design/build company for 1 year before starting Diana Digs Dirt.




11 responses to “Diana’s Dirt

  1. Barbara Adams

    March 12, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    I spoke to you on the phone and you directed me to this website to find a two-page questionnaire. I cannot locate the questionnaire. Please email it to me. This project is something that needs to happen very soon.
    Thank you,
    Barbara Adams

  2. Anne Nagro

    April 18, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    Hi, Diana. Deborah Bryant suggested I forward you some information about a new website I’ve started: It’s forum and share site for parents, educators and community interested in starting and maintaining learning gardens. Learning gardens can be based in schools, run by scout groups and clubs, be designed for seniors or disabled adults, you name it! They can be butterfly gardens, vegetable patches, native plant restoration projects, and more. Please check out the site. I’d be honored if you’d particpate in our Forum, which is just getting started. A parent from North Carolina had some questions that you may be able to address. I started the site after years spent volunteering at my children’s elementary school harvest garden and all the “bumping around in the dark” many of us go through in developing these programs. Why recreate the wheel, when there are so many wonderful projects and experts to learn from?

    I used to live in Greensboro, and your blog transports me back to the wonderful time I spent there.

    Sincerely, Anne Nagro

  3. Denise Szalkowski

    June 23, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Hi Diane,
    I’m from Fredonia, NY (45 minutes from your hometown of Buffalo, NY). First, I must say how impressed I am with your keen eye for landscaping design. I wish you still lived in Buffalo because I would hire you in a heart beat.

    I do have a landscaping question which I hope you can answer. We have a traditional style home in gray siding with white trim. A very light gray brick is on part of the front of the home. The previous homeowner built a retaining wall with stacking block (the type you purchase at Home Depot). It looked good, but due to poor drainage, the wall began to fall. My husband didn’t like the look of the unnatural stone so he purchased $2,000 worth of slate rock online. He thought he was getting a light gray, however, we got more black than gray. He started to stack the wall, but I’m afraid it clashes too much with the light gray brick on the house. The wall is approximately 10-12 feet from the porch of the home. Knowing how much time he’ll need to devote to this project, I’m afraid he’s going to build something well just hate. I’d really like to get another person’s (preferably an expert like yourself) opinion before the wall is built. I’d be happy to send pictures if you would like.

  4. lgrim

    January 28, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    Huh! The buffalo thing caught my eye, but even stranger I also grew up in Fredonia, but now live in Greensboro NC. Small world.

    I grew up in the house in front of Forest Hills Cemetery…most beautiful cemetery I’ve ever seen. There is a plethora of great vegetation that you might want to check out there for ideas Denise.

  5. Mark Sammelmann

    January 10, 2011 at 3:22 pm


  6. Mark Sammelmann

    January 10, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Thank you for a very informative website. I live just
    outside the St. Louis, MO area. I have a Yoshino Cherry
    tree that does quite well here, It is approximately 4 years
    old and I would like to relocate it to a more open area in the yard. First of all do you recommend this for this age tree and can this be performed during harsh winter conditions???

    • Diana Gardner-Williams

      January 10, 2011 at 3:44 pm

      Hi Mark, thank you for visiting.

      What is the height of the Yoshino, 10-12 feet? A transplant of a speciman tree needs to have a plan and patience is the key. One always takes a rish the tree will not thrive once transplanted. In the spring you want to root prune. This will slowly acclimate the tree of taking in less water when it is moved. You know, not as much shock! Move the tree in the late fall, when dormant. In the following spring, make sure it is mulched well and incorporate composted soil. A weekly watering of 1 inch (good drenching) and your tree will thrive in its new spot. It would be a good opportunity when you move, to prune all crossing branches to improve overall form.
      Hope this helps:)

  7. tommy cowett

    March 3, 2012 at 1:04 am

    Diana, i love your website and blog. I wanted to share with you what happend as a resulted of taking on a project i learned from your site. Last spring i started the construction of a compost fence. First of all i thank you for the warning that neighbors might not accept the structure if it becomes unsightly. However, this fence was located in my side yard and with seasonal vegetation lnvisible to the public. I packed it full of organic debris, everything from shrub and tree prunings to fall leaves. The thing was awesome. You could smell the humate burning. It was until early winter when all the leaves were down when i got the letter from my hmo demanding removal.

    • Diana Digs Dirt at Cornerstone Garden

      March 3, 2012 at 1:11 am

      Hi Tommy, I hope you meant your HOA because your HMO has no business in your garden:) Sorry to hear about the cranky ass, I meant association……

  8. kevin Bell

    July 5, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Thanks for your blog! Not sure if an earlier post made it to you, but I am an artist and love your picture of a large patch of juniper (“juniper001.jpg). I would love to use it in a painting. Would you mind? Also, if you have a larger, higher resolution version it would be very helpful. Thanks again, kevin. PS you can see my artwork at

  9. anneke yamate

    July 27, 2012 at 7:16 am

    LOVE you great ideas for re-purposing ‘found’ objects and your craetive ideas! Wish you were closer to southern california…would love to subscribe to your posts !! -anneke


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