About Us


About Us

Guided Path was established in 2002 by Lorene J. Athey, a registered Landscape Architect in Delaware. We design custom residential gardens and solve your yard problems. An independent design firm, we are not affiliated with a grower or contractor. Landscape design is our specialty including habitat, bird and butterfly gardens; rain gardens, eco-friendly and sustainable gardens; low-maintenance gardens; and meditation and memorial gardens.


"We could not have made it 'good-to-look-at' beautiful without you" Lyle & Cherie J.



  • Custom landscape plans
  • Plant lists customized for your site & preferences
  • Personal plant shopper
  • Consultations/Garden Coach
  • Master site planning
  • Plant identification & inventories
  • Public speaking & presentations for your group or event
  • Garden Photograpy

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Lorene Athey

Ms Athey has been gardening in Delaware for more than 20 years, using many of the same plants she recommends to clients. The Athey Garden has been featured as a stop on the 2015 City of Newark Backyard Habitat Garden Tour, 2011 Newark Arts Alliance Garden Tour, and the 2008 Enviro-Friendly Garden Tour hosted by the Delaware Nature Society and City of Newark Parks & Recreation. Ms Athey has completed hundreds of large and small residential projects for all kinds of clients, both novices and experienced gardeners.



Master in Landscape Architecture University of Illinois

Bachelor of Science in Architecture University of Virginia

NWF certified Habitat Steward Host



Member, Delaware Native Species Commission

Former Member & Chair New Castle County Resource Protection Area Technical Advisory Committee

Former Member & President Delaware Board of Landscape Architects

Former Member Downtown Newark Partnership Design Committee




selected gardening presentations & Article

  • Gardening for water and wildlife, Philadelphia Flower Show, Spring 2018.
  • Gardening for Wildlife, numerous presentations to all kinds of organizations as Habitat Outreach Coordinator for the Delaware Nature Society.
  • Habitat Steward Training, certified by the National Wildlife Federation, offered annually through the Delaware Nature Society.
  • Going Green: Greener Practices for more Gr$$n, Delaware Nursery and Landscape Association, Fall 2016.
  • Gardening for Birds, Mt Cuba Center, Summer 2016.
  • Low-maintenance Garden Design: Tips & Tricks to make life easier & enjoy your garden, University of Delaware Academy of Lifelong Learning, Fall 2013.
  • Right Plant, Right Place: Analyzing your site, determining needs and preferences to find the best plants, New Castle County Master Gardner Training Program, Spring 2013.
  • Curb Appeal: Design Concepts 101, New Castle County Master Gardeners, Spring 2013.
  • Playing with art in your garden, Wilmington State Parks, Fall 2012.
  • Kaleidoscope of Color: Butterflies in the Garden, Wilmington State Parks, Summer 2012.
  • Introduction to Garden Design, Planning for Success Series: Analyzing Your Site, Programming & Conceptual Design, and Choosing the Right Plant for the Right Place, Wilmington State Parks, Spring 2012.
  • Rain Gardens for the Home Landscape, Sussex County Master Gardeners, Fall 2011, and Rain Gardens for the Bays, Spring 2012.
  • From Blah to Beautiful: Design techniques for improving your view, Institute for Retired Persons, Salisbury University, Salisbury, Maryland, March 2011.
  • Curb Appeal for Gardeners, New Castle County Master Gardeners, Spring 2011.
  • What's all the Fuss about Native Plants?, Wilmington Ski Club, Hockessin, Delaware, March 2010.
  • Butterflies of Delmarva, Institute for Retired Persons, Salisbury University, Salisbury, Maryland, March 2008.
  • Habitat Gardens: The Birds and the Bees of the Business, Delaware Nursery and Landscape Association annual meeting, Wilmington, Delaware, November 2005.


  • What is a Native Plant?, Delaware Nature Society Native Plant Sale, article in catalog, 2008.
  • Peacefully coexisting with bees and other pollinators, Delaware Nature Society Native Plant Sale, article in catalog, 2015.



  • Listening carefully, to create a beautiful design, uniquely crafted for your needs and lifestyle
  • Transformative solutions to your problems and needs: drainage issues, slopes, shade, children's needs
  • All the information you need to do it right the first time