Garden Consultation

I love plants and I love gardens. My own New York City gardens have been created from scratch in four very different spaces: three terraces (the one above was in Harlem), and one backyard. And I have designed dozens of gardens for New Yorkers, ranging from expansive penthouse rooftops to intimate and shade-shrouded courtyards. For years my job was as the head of design for a Manhattan design-build firm, Holly, Wood, and Vine.

My own gardens have ranged from tiny (the iconic 66 square feet) to roomy (1,000 square feet). They have seen morning sun, all-day blazing rooftop sun, deep shade, building shade, and lead in the soil. My gardens have thrived, and I survived. Gardening is exhilarating.

When designing gardens for others, my personal and professional experience give me the insight and perspective to ask the right questions and to give informed answers. I know what plants work where.

And I believe gardens are to be lived in. I can help show you how.

Cosmopolitan flower gardens, native woodland courtyards, and pollinator-friendly plantings, are all city possibilities.

Would you like to grow your own salads? Or unusual indigenous edibles? Perhaps you'd like a truly American kitchen garden. How about a serviceberry orchard on the 17th floor (and what is a serviceberry, anyway?)? Or do you prefer blueberries?

Maybe you just like lilies. Or have always wanted your own city forest.

You may have full shade or full sun, or bits of both. High shade or deep shade.  Dappled shade. It all makes a very big difference to what and how you can plant.

What I do: Assess your available space in terms of aspect and micro-climate: sun, shade, challenges specific to your site (such as deep shade pockets, orientation with regards to winter winds), and advise on which plants might do well, and where to find them.

While on-the-spot suggestions in an hour-long consultation can be helpful, I love to provide schematic designs, plant lists, and seasonal care outlines. Good gardens require good planning.

Finally, I offer practical coaching: how to plant, how to water. It seems simplistic, but the number one cause of plant death is user error. Understand the plant and its needs, and the gardening battle is won.

Rates upon inquiry.

Please get in touch via my Contact page.

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