Beautiful masonry work provides the foundation for a strong garden: patios, stairs, stone paths, driveway aprons and trims.
Mixed local Bluestone and Fieldstone sitting wall.
Master Plan development
Detailed plan packages, featuring 2D and 3D plans and renderings detailing all aspects of the design in a format from which the garden can be constructed. Planting plans and plant catalogs, grading plans, hardscaping details and specs…
Elegant fencing, deck and planter design can transform any outdoor space and add a luxurious sensual garden framework.
Contemporary Western Red Cedar fence
Herbaceous Border Design
With any luck your property has a level, central and sunny spot near the residence to plan a major herbaceous border. I like to play with the traditional idiom by adding ornamental grasses to the mix for extra texture and movement.
Poolside butterfly garden.
Tasteful low voltage lighting adds subtle night-time drama for entertaining and safety for key trees, walkways, driveway hot tub and spa areas.
Custom railings built from local driftwood and tangle vines with recessed lights
Wildlife Gardens & Habitats
From insect pollinators to birds, my gardens are always designed with wildlife in mind. In this era of ecological degradation, it is my goal to add chemical and pesticide free refuge for critters of all kinds...
Nodding onion, Allium cernuum, are tough and irresistible to bees...
Nothing is more beautiful than a native meadow at it's peak in mid to late summer... except maybe the same meadow covered in snow in the dead of winter, golden grasses and seedheads standing out against the white snow...
Custom designs for protected garden spaces dedicated to growing vegetables and cutting garden for floral arrangements
Native Plant Gardens
While a big fan and advocate of native plantings for philosophical and ecological reasons, I am not a "purist". I am an equal opportunity plant lover and feel that a balanced approach to plant choices is possible.
Deer Resistant Plantings
Very few plants are totally deer proof, but in New York State suburban and ex-urban areas deer are almost always a problem. Combining unpalatable plants and monthly applications of deer repellants, a beautiful and reasonably deer resistant planting is indeed possible!
Native Northern Sea Oats and Mountain Mint
Every garden will benefit from a water feature, however large or small, to reflect light, bring movement and drama, and hopefully provide sustenance for wildlife.
Custom bird bath carved from a locally sourced boulder for a contemporary zen-inspired courtyard
Sun & Shade Gardens
Suburban properties typically offer a variety of site conditions that dictate different planting choices. I relish choosing appropriate plants for challenging sites and love the contrasts that can be created between different areas on the same property.
Variegated Soloman's Seal, Polygonatum is a tough woodland perennial that brings a little light to dark corners.
Containers are perfect for smaller spaces such as patios, windows and decks and add exciting seasonal display opportunities.
I believe all gardens should incorporate water into the design. Water in the garden always soothes, can provide a subtle sound screen, and attracts birds. Here a rain garden to catch storm water run off from a driveway.
Local river pebbles line a drainage swale for an attractive and eco-friendly drainage solution.
Grading Plans and excavating oversight
Sensitive low-impact solutions to create user friendly garden spaces, resolve grading challenges, improve drainage