about us

About Us

We believe that exceptional gardens are beautifully designed, seamlessly well-crafted, unique to each space, and invite you to relax while engaging your senses. To achieve this, we design every part of your garden from the hardscape to the planting, as well as the lighting and furnishings. We strive to ensure that each project represents the perfect balance between your goals and our design vision.

As a small firm we limit the number of projects we work on at any given time. This ensures design continuity, attention to detail, and a positive client experience throughout.

Please note: Due to the nature of one-of-a kind design, we only work on projects that involve licensed contractors and have minimum construction budgets of 250K.

We welcome out-of-town projects and request a small fee to cover the expenses of the initial consultation.

Our Process

Consultation

Each project begins by establishing a suitable designer-to-client match during an initial consultation. This candid discussion will help to identify your project goals, determine if we communicate well, and confirm that the timeline, budget and aesthetic vision are a good fit. Following this meeting, we will present you with a proposal for design services that includes a start date.

Conceptual Design

The first step of concept development is to complete a physical and photographic survey of the entire property, which serves as a base for the design. The conceptual design package includes a site plan as well as the sections, elevations, and photos necessary to convey the design intent. These design drawings are the first tangible visualization of your new landscape and will be refined through your feedback and discussion.

Construction Documents

Changes to the design concept are captured in the Construction Documents, or CD’s, which consist of separate sets of Hardscape and Landscape CD’s, respectively. This organized set of technical drawings allows the project to be accurately priced, permitted and built. During this phase your project will be drawn and detailed down to individual pavers, pool tiles and plants. We take enormous pride in the quality of our Construction Documents, which are the basis for of smooth transition from designer to contractor.

Bidding

Both the Hardscape and Landscape Construction Documents will be priced by reputable contractors with whom we have previously worked. If you have a specific contractor in mind, we will include them in the bidding, provided they are qualified for the job at hand. We require that each contractor make a site visit and provide an itemized bid we can analyze for merits or concerns, allowing you to make an informed decision. Once selected, the contractor will apply for all necessary permits in order to begin construction.

Project Administration

During construction, Alex, Lea or Craig check in regularly to observe consistency with the design intent. As with any custom construction project, questions and unforeseen changes will arise. We expect this and are available to resolve any issues or make adjustments as necessary. Please note that daily scheduling, coordination and implementation is not part of our project administration, rather it is the responsibility of the contractors.

Completion and Evolution

The finished garden is yours to enjoy as it matures and evolves. This evolution is continual, therefore it is best managed through regular maintenance by a qualified local gardener or garden service that will thoughtfully oversee growth while they regularly fertilize and keep an eye out for pests. Occasionally your garden may require changes or editing, which we can assist with as necessary.

Who We've Worked For

Larry and Carol Abramovitz
Christine Bassett and Carey Alexander
Alexander Baer
Fitz Coker and Dotty Ballantyne
Vincent and Laura Bartletta
Timothy Blum
Brian Wruble and Kathleen Bratton|
Lucy Buffett
Rick Ekhoff and Cindi Blum
Jean Carper
Luis and Anna Cobo
Jeff and Julie Cornfeld
Glenn and Mary Jane Creamer
Gleick and Cynthia Crossen
Erik Deboer
Angie Majors and Linda Downs
Fred Eberstadt
John and Kaca Enquist
Jim and Melinda Ethier

Joseph Forstmeyer
Randall and Ola Fotjasek
Brad and Hume Gile
Keith Strickland and Mark Hayda
James and Kathy Haymaker
Norman Hoffer
Claus Jenson and Henrik Holbaek
Hank Holliday
Nancy Holtz
David and Sara Kelso
Brian and Shelagh Jardim
Mark and April Jones
Susan and Dick Jones
Ralph and Ricky Lauren
Susan DeRose and Richard Lewis
John and Karen Lockwood
Richard Manley
William and Vikki Marraccini
Thorpe McKenzie

David Cooper, Michael Robinson, Lucas Mejia
Andrew and Eunice Melnick
Jeff Asplundh and Wendy Meyer
Patrice and Herb Miller
Gregory Long and Scott Newman
John Padgett
Nancy Friday and Mr. Norman Pearlstine
Mike and Jane Rice 
Mark Sapperstein
Phillip and Jane Thorpe
Gary Turchin
Hans Utsch and Julia Merck
George Robb and Veronica Webb
John and MJ Webster
Stency and Danny Wegman
Claudia and Mike Whittaker
Larry and Mary Lou Zangerle
Matt and Wendy Zintsmaster

Where We've Worked