About

Kim Smith is an award winning landscape designer, documentary filmmaker, photojournalist, author, and illustrator.

Documentary release February 2020 Beauty on the Wing: Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly.

In October 2018, Kim was interviewed by the BBC and PBS for her work in documenting the Monarch Butterflies. She worked with the show’s producers in writing and creating the story, providing film footage from her forthcoming film Beauty on the Wing: Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly for the BBC produced show “Autumnwatch: New England.”

In April 2018 Kim was honored to receive the Salem State University “Friend of the Earth Award” and to give the keynote address for the University’s Earth Day Weeks events program. In 2017 she was named an Essex National Heritage Trailblazer and became an Essex Heritage Commissioner in recognition of her work connecting people to place.

In May of 2019, Kim was featured in Audubon Magazine for her work protecting and documenting Piping Plovers, “How Plover Chicks Born in a Parking Lot Spurred a City to Make Its Beach Safer.”

Kim Smith Designs is her landscape and interior design firm. In conjunction with Cambridge Seven Associates architectural firm, Kim designed the award-winning Gloucester HarborWalk Butterfly gardens.* She specializes in creating pollinator habitat gardens utilizing primarily North American native wildflowers, trees, shrubs, and vines.

Her book on landscape design, Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities!, which she both wrote and illustrated, was published by David R. Godine, Boston.

She is currently creating documentaries about the Monarch Butterfly and Piping Plover. She recently raised $36,000.00 to complete Beauty on the Wing: Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly, which is in the final stages of production and will premiere in February 2020. Her short films, A Flight of Monarchs, which was created for the Berkshire Museum, and BomBom Butterflies, have won critical acclaim. Her 45-minute documentary Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly is an inspirational story that both teaches about butterfly life cycles and reveals the connection between pollinators, plants, and the importance of conserving habitats.

Kim is a daily contributor to the stellar community blog Good Morning Gloucester with a daily average readership of 60,000 viewers. For more information on Kim’s films and design projects follow her on Facebook and Instagram and visit her design and film websites.

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.

*Please note that the Gloucester HarborWalk Butterfly garden is no longer a butterfly and pollinator garden. The garden is now under the care of a local community gardening group and it is planted primarily with with tulips, daylilies, and non-native plants.

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!