Alumni Spotlight: Sarah Murphy (Class of 2005)

Making a Difference in the Urban Landscape

Position: Owner and Operator of Canopy, LLC, Washington, DC

Before Sarah graduated from Virginia Tech with her bachelor’s in Horticulture, she studied abroad in England at the University of Sheffield learning about urban ecology and greenroofs. Since her graduation in 2005, she has held a variety of positions in the greenroof industry ranging from research to design and installation. In 2007, she started her own company, Canopy, LLC in Washington, DC which is a company that blends architecture and landscape design concepts with a concern for the environment to create beautiful and functional vegetated rooftops and urban gardens.

During her greenroof career, Sarah has been involved with some interesting projects including spending two months on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean researching Best Management Practices for a putting green on the new Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships (read more), and putting an herb garden greenroof on the Historic Tabard Inn near DuPont Circle in Washington, DC (read more).

Sarah’s Favorite Courses at VT:

  • Nature and American Values
  • Woody Landscape Plants, I & II
  • Herbaceous Landscape Plants, I & IIAdvice to Undergrads:

“Internships are a great way to gain exposure to the industry and experience how different companies operate.”