Roof terrace garden for a family that spends most of its time in the city in the fall and the spring. Accordingly, the garden has most interest in fall and spring and connotes a northern deciduous forest--with River Birch (selected for heat tolerance) underplanted with bearberry, Hinoki False Cypress for evergreen interest, and espaliered apple trees giving the effect of a civilized orchard.
Hinoki Woods. Upper East Side, NYC.
Three twelve feet tall Hinoki False Cypress set in an Upper East Side backyard. Trees were brought into Manhattan on a tow truck used for hauling tractor trailers.
Oak Forest Ranch. Guanjuato, Mexico.
Ranch in the oak forest biome of Guanjuato, approximately 7,00 ft above sea level. Landscape architecture reflects rock walls of local farms and architecture of main buildings and main structural plant-agave, mimics the maguey hedgerows of local farmsteads. We imported French lavender to create a working ranch.
Weekend Home. Ancram, New York.
Weekend home landscaped to accentuate the look and feel of a 18th century farmhouse and 19th century barn. Borders are massive and shrub based, becoming a hedgerow with all-season interest punctuated by swaths of perennials.
Parc Vendome. Manhattan.
Renovation of parterre garden over underground parking lot for an Upper West Side condominium.
Urban Garden, San Miguel de Allende, Mx.
Clean highland tropical garden.
Hotel Matilda. San Miguel de Allende, Mx.
Hotel Matilda was the first luxury hotel in San Miguel de Allende. To keep the garden aligned with the vernacular plantings - we used Washingtonia Palms as the main structural plant - these trees are also in front of the town's famous 'Parroquia'. Further nods to the local environs include Bougainvillea and Distictis vines hanging from roof planters. At ground level, the plantings get interesting, with a palette that is nearly all native, including several agave species and the rare (in Mexico) Mexican Weeping Bamboo.
Italianate Mexican design in the Centro section of San Miguel de Allende. We took an existing formal cypress allee and added a copse of olive trees, underplanted with lavender. The garden is 'Mexicanized' through the use of Mexican Fencepost cactus and blue palms.