About

Kim Smith is an award winning landscape designer, documentary filmmaker, photographer, author, and illustrator. She specializes in creating butterfly and habitat gardens utilizing primarily North American wildflowers, native trees, shrubs, and vines. Kim’s programs are developed from her landscape design work and documentary nature films.

Kim is currently creating a documentary film titled Beauty on the Wing: Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly, which will premiere in 2016. In 2014 she created the short film A Flight of Monarchs for the Berkshire Museum’s “Butterflies” exhibit. Her film Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly premiered in 2013. In production are films about Gloucester’s unique celebration of the Feast of Saint Joseph and a story about a rare and extraordinary swan.

Kim Smith Designs is her landscape design firm. Working in collaboration with Chris Muskopf from Cambridge Seven Associates architectural firm, Kim designed the award-winning Gloucester HarborWalk gardens. In 2009 her book on landscape design, Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities!, which she wrote and illustrated, was published by David R. Godine, Boston. Kim Smith Designs works in collaboration with clientele to create highly individualized, livable spaces, combining the classic and the modern, the elegant and the playful, utilizing eastern and western cultural influences to further develop and refine design projects. Kim’s love of textiles, art, and furnishings drew her to interior design and interest in conservation, combined with a love for flowers and butterflies, led to garden design. Kim specializes in connecting the home to the home outside and in creating gardens for people and pollinators–butterflies, hummingbirds, songbirds, and bees–with a focus on wildflowers, native trees and shrubs, and fragrant plants. When you plant for the pollinators, they will come!

For more information on Kim’s films and design projects follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and visit her design and film websites. Kim is a daily contributor to the stellar community blog Good Morning Gloucester.

For all inquiries, feel free to email Kim at kimsmithdesigns@hotmail.com.

For résumé  please click here.

For information about current public projects visit the Design Projects page, for information about lectures and workshops that Kim teaches and a schedule of upcoming events, visit the Programs and Events pages, and for information about current films visit the Short Films and Trailers page.

spring flowering tulipsButterfly Courtyard Garden at Willowdale Estate

For more information about the forthcoming documentary about the Monarch Butterfly, visit the film’s website at Beauty on the Wing: Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly. For more information about the documentary about the Black Swallowtail Butterfly, visit the film’s website at Life Story of the Black Swallowtail ButterflyFor more information about the The Feast of Saint Joseph Community Film Project, visit the film’s website here.

Male Black Swallowtail Butterfly at Fennel

Black Swallowtail Caterpillar Investigating Camera

Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities!