Landscape Design

WHOSE TREE IS IT ANYWAY?

WHOSE TREE IS IT ANYWAY?

Fighting over tree ownership? We recommend clients have discussions with their neighbors and resolve the issue in a mutually beneficial manner. If that fails...

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WALLED GARDENS

WALLED GARDENS

The Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum has two unique gardens boundaries created years apart. Each is a brilliantly executed walled, enclosed space.

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BROWNSTONE GARDEN DESIGN

BROWNSTONE GARDEN DESIGN

Part of my practice in NYC is designing and installing Brooklyn brownstone gardens.  Here are a few ideas for small garden design.

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LANDSCAPE DESIGN EXHIBIT IN NYC

LANDSCAPE DESIGN EXHIBIT IN NYC

An LALH (Library of American Landscape History) exhibition opened in New York City last week. We take a look at the exhibits landscape photographs.

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GENDER IN DESIGN

GENDER IN DESIGN

When seeking a professional to design a garden or residential landscape, does it matter what gender a landscape designer is?

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RUSSELL PAGE on GARDEN DESIGN

RUSSELL PAGE on GARDEN DESIGN

Russell Page (1906–1985) is known for the development of master design plan for a site by applying principles of classical style to the gardens he designed.

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HORTUS CONCLUSUS

HORTUS CONCLUSUS

Hortus conclusus is an enclosed garden or walled garden. It protected the private from public intrusion, creating a barrier, that brought nature within its walls.

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LANDSCAPE DESIGN PRECEDENT RESEARCH

LANDSCAPE DESIGN PRECEDENT RESEARCH

As precedent research for a college campus commission (public space landscape design) I've been studying Beatrix Farrand's college campus landscape design work. Farrand's landscape design work at public institutions included Yale, University of Chicago, Oberlin, Vassar, Hamilton and Princeton.  My understanding is that the Graduate College of Princeton is the site where her work is best preserved. 

A few of Beatrix Farrand's classical landscape design principles were applied at the courtyard..

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THE ZEN OF ROOF GARDENS

THE ZEN OF ROOF GARDENS

Look aloft, to the top of the buildings… a roof garden design is outward looking, a designed sanctuary high up on top of a building, sometimes with an endless panorama, a bright, beautiful, and open sky above it.  Most appropriately, it fits today’s city dweller with their overscheduled, time challenged lives. 

For many, traveling to a city park takes a 1/2 hour or longer to embrace nature; walking up a flight of stairs or out their side door to a shared...

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DESIGNING PATHS AS A PROMENADE

DESIGNING PATHS AS A PROMENADE

“Promenade” is defined by Webster’s dictionary as a leisurely place to walk or ride, especially in a public space for pleasure or display.” It’s french in derivation, mid 16th century, (from "se promener"...'to walk')  recalling the actions of people of the court leisurely strolling as if on display, to be seen by all –  commoners as well as other gentry/society. 

In Paris these leisurely strollers are referred to as flaneurs.  Yet, in the Bronx of the 1930's, they are...

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