Linda McCabe Silich ’85
Beautifies The Hamptons With Horticulture
Forever an outdoor enthusiast and avid gardener, Ohio native Linda McCabe Silich never thought her longtime interests would lead to national press. Yet, the well-known Hamptons landscaper has accomplished that and more with her company, Groundworks Landscaping, based in East Hampton, N.Y.
Founded in 2002, Groundworks started as a partnership between Silich and 20-year veteran horticulturalist and Silich’s mentor Kim Hren. Using her corporate marketing experience, gained through her work for leading copier, software and advertising companies, Silich helped create a business plan with Hren. Silich’s husband Andy also brought his business finance and marketing expertise to the venture.
“The number one thing we all had in common was the drive and determination to be a success utilizing all three of our different talents, connections and backgrounds,” Linda Silich says.
Throughout the process, Silich says the creativity required and her desire to solve landscape “dilemmas” further confirmed that her passion had indeed positioned her in the right profession.
“With my experience with other landscape architects from New York City, such as Edmund Hollander and Kim Hren, I have been able to obtain the necessary knowledge that allows me to be well versed in the Latin botanical language and common names of numerous types of plants as well as learn the appropriate conditions of each plant chosen and how it is used in the landscape.”
Her knowledge and strong business plan quickly translated into success as one of her company’s “South Beach”-inspired landscape designs for a Southampton client was selected for the cover of Veranda Magazine. “Recently, This Old House Magazine, Backyard Designs and Hamptons Home and Gardens have also contacted us, and we have done several photo shoots for them,” says Silich, who double majored in speech communications and theatre with a minor in business administration.
Looking back, Silich, the proud mom of Erica, 16, Matt, 14 and Patrick, 12, is convinced that her Wittenberg education prepared her for the success she has found. “My education helped me to develop the necessary skills to be independent, work hard and strive to be better. Since I paid my way through college by working in admission as a tour guide and being a resident advisor, I became responsible for my own future. I studied hard and essentially did whatever it took to graduate and succeed. I want to thank my professors, especially Ms. Pam Schindler, for believing in me, and Wittenberg for offering me the chance to attend such a fine and prestigious college.”