Garden Consultation Garden Design Garden Installation
Old Garden and Foundation Plantings Restoration & Renewal
Organic Garden Maintenance Pruning Plant ID
Soil Testing and Soil Improvement Compost & Mulch Applications
Garden Design Specialties
- Shade and Woodland Gardens
- Butterfly, Bee, Hummingbird Gardens
- Vegetable Gardens
(Ornamental Potagers & Kitchen Gardens)
- English-style Perennial Borders
- Low-Maintenance Texture and Foliage Gardens
- Layered Continuous Bloom Gardens
Organic Garden Maintenance
- Weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis.
- Spring and fall clean-ups
- One-time-only restoration of neglected beds.
- Plant division and replanting
- Garden tour preparation
Whether your garden is a new one or a renovation of an existing garden, garden design begin with function.
- How will your property enhance your life?
- Beauty? Edibles? Cooking? Outdoor recreation space? Nature observation?
- And practical issues like drainage, traffic flow, and safety?
We explore with you the "spirit of place," which is the inherent character of your site.
- What is unique about your land?
- What feelings does it engender? What defines your property?
- What do you want to emphasize or protect?
Design skills based on knowledge of the fine arts and ecology develop your garden plan. We carefully select reliable plant varieties with which we have become familiar over decades of land care experience. Garden conifers, blooming shrubs, and trees provide structure and solidity in your landscape. Our depth of experience in choosing plants also makes it possible to provide continuous bloom over three seasons. Using the right plant in the right place assures a sustainable landscape that requires low inputs of fertilizers, pesticides, water, and labor.
We often use native plants such as turtlehead and serviceberry and edible ornamentals like the high bush blueberry and everbearing strawberry. Bulbs, unusual heirloom plants, highly-scented and textural plants delight the senses. To encourage a garden alive with activity, we include nectar and food plants, water sources, and plant cover of value to wildlife, birds, and insects.
Organic Land Care Defined
Organic methods begin with the soil, the living matrix from which your garden springs. Soil tests will help decide what fertilizers, minerals, or soil conditioners, if any, need to be incorporated. Using the right plant for the right place includes taking into consideration the soil type, plant positioning needs, hardiness zone, light factors, proper planting and watering techniques, companion plants, mature plant size, and maintenance needs. Careful planning means increased plant survival rate and over-all health.
Healthy plants are primarily disease-free. In the event of pests or disease, organic solutions are employed. Toxic, noxious chemicals are never used. Your children and pets can safely play in your organic garden. The edible flowers and vegetables your garden grows are safe for your table.
Our Garden Maintenance
Meticulous maintenance may include proper pruning, edging, cultivating, raking, weeding, deadheading, disbudding, staking, fertilizing, compost applications, plant replacements, and mulching. Insects and diseases are prevented by using the right plant in the right place in a diverse plant community. Susceptible plant cultivars are avoided. Companion plantings help repel or attract certain insects. Diseases and pests are treated only with organic remedies approved by NOFA and OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute).
We will also teach you our methods if you desire. Probably the best gardens are those nurtured by their owners to some degree.