THE ART OF GARDEN AND LANDSCAPE DESIGN

Hortulus Animae is a niche design studio that provides integrated full-service solutions for residential landscapes and estates in the Hudson Valley and beyond. We provide exuberant plant-driven design with an emphasis on sustainability and ecology, and create site-specific and client appropriate designs for casual, traditional, formal or contemporary styles. 

Philosophy

  • Seek the path of least resistance

  • Every project is an opportunity to promote beauty and biodiversity

  • Choose native plants whenever possible and no chemicals

  • Design landscapes as rejuvenating retreats while also sustaining habitat for local pollinators 

Hortulus Animae Tree

Wildlife Gardens & Habitats

Creative Multidisciplinary Design Studio

Casual, Traditional, Formal or Contemporary Styles

Mission:
Re-grade disturbed site of new home to incorporate spaces for patios, decks, parking and gardens.

 

The master plan includes a luxurious hardwood deck framed by a fieldstone sitting wall, scree garden, meditation spiral, lower terrace with native borders, Amelanchier grove, and an expanded parking bay. 

 

 
Native plantings along meditation spiral blend seamlessly with borrowed views

Native plantings along meditation spiral blend seamlessly with borrowed views

Exuberant native wildflower matrix

Exuberant native wildflower matrix

Carefully positioned granite boulders resolve challenging grades

Carefully positioned granite boulders resolve challenging grades

Local fieldstone sitting wall and Ipe hardwood deck frame the view

Local fieldstone sitting wall and Ipe hardwood deck frame the view

Native Contemplation Garden

Half an acre of typical suburban lawn replaced by glorious meadow plantings, now home to native plant communities and local wildlife.

Meadow Planting 1
Meadow Planting 2
Meadow Planting 3

A charming woodland retreat needed new masonry steps and railings...

 

The rustic design feels like it has always been part of the landscape and blends in with the cottage and setting.

 

 
Woodland Steps 1
Woodland Steps 2
Woodland Steps 3