Vanessa is owner of Modern West Floral Co. With a background in landscape architecture and design she moved to Colorado’s western slope in 2012 to gain experience growing food and managing livestock. She spent 3 years at Sustainable Settings Ranch, 2 of which she managed the market garden and small CSA. She returned to her landscape architecture background and was brought on as a landscape designer at DHM Design. With a background in native plants of the western slope she wanted a way to showcase the beauty of the natural landscape and use her design background. In late 2015 she co-founded Modern West Floral company with Tara Abbaticchio with the hopes of increasing people’s awareness of sustainable flowers and the native plants of the Roaring Fork Valley.