WORKS IN PROGRESS
Sidney Place Townhouse Garden
A large townhouse owned by a photographer and artist needed a garden that would provide inspiration to their work. The geometry of the terraced gardens contrasts with a looser part of the garden that is filled with carefully chosen unusual plant specimens. This garden is ever changing and is acts as a large cutting garden for the clients as well as having interest year round. The front garden is a foil to the back garden. We kept the palette minimal in shades of greens using shade lovers like ferns, hellebores, epimedium and interesting groundcovers. On the terrace level a simple linear massing of grasses with a 2 containers, one for a sculptural blue contorted fir, the other with a repeat blooming fragrant rose near the bedroom window.
Prospect Place Townhouse Garden (Architects Bangia Agostinho, interior design Suzanne Shaker)
A restored brownstone received a garden makeover that would be low maintenance and allow for regular entertaining. It’s meant to be viewed and enjoyed from all floors of the house. Large bluestone pavers with planting pockets and elevated areas replaced concrete and scrappy lawn. Now boxwood, dogwood, stewardia, smokebush and star magnolia trees and shrubs are under-planted with perennials which thrive and provide year-round interest.
Kane Street Townhouse garden
A large renovated brownstone with a wide-open view to the generous sunny size garden required a unique outdoor space that fit with the beauty and elegant of the interior. The travertine in the interior was carried through to the outdoor entertaining space. Levels were shifted and the garden was planted for low-maintenance and year round consideration. A staggered line of River Birch, undulating boxwood, Star Magnolia, perennials, and loads of bulbs can be viewed from above. A terrace level also floored in travertine, was fashioned with a custom metal screening and pergola on both sides with a design nod to Italian architect Carlo Scarpa and Dutch painter Piet Mondrian. Seasonal and year round vines, such as wisteria, clematis and passionflower will grow up and over to provide the clients with privacy and shade.
Wycoff Street Townhouse Garden
Clients of this Brooklyn townhouse wanted an English style garden filled with color and flowers for cutting. With 2 young children they wanted a sense of adventure without a play scape. Stone paths meander through the seemingly overgrown garden.
Fifth Avenue and 96th Street Penthouse Terrace
Up on top with sweeping views of Central Park and its reservoir this terrace design needed to complement the incredible views not detract and needed to take into consideration the harsh winds and strong sun. The simple edited palette of the interior designed by, Suzanne Shaker, needed to flow to the exterior. Instead of overwhelming the space with lots of planters and plants, we chose a simple plant palette, repetition and scale. Large tree containers where planted with a majestic red maple, a Himalayan White Birch, and Japanese Black Pines. Smaller containers with planted with white knockout roses others with massing of lavender. The plantings and scale work well with the white 1966 Richard Schultz furniture selected.
West 15th Street Terrace
An artist couple purchased a large loft with a panoramic window looking out to a sad terrace needed a garden that would be interesting and inspiring year round. A shady locational dictated the plant choice. A palette of burgundy, chartreuse, black, and greens with hits of purple and white was chosen to work with the Japanese aesthetic of the interior.
MacDougual Street Garden
In the heart of the west village this townhouse that backs onto the famous MacDougal Street gardens needed to be updated for the new owners. The couple who are artists and the wife is of Hawaiian descent so a nod to the tropics was part of the brief. Large foliage shade plants, ferns, and scented plants like the interesting Allspice shrub where planted to create a jungle-like setting.
Gramercy Park Terrace
On the 11th floor a wrap around terrace garden with southern, eastern and western exposures is mostly viewed from indoors. The client wanted a wildflower feeling with some screening from buildings but leaving views open to the sky.
West 20th Street Penthouse Terraces
A dynamic double level penthouse terrace for a young couple who love color. With views of the Highline, the client wanted their plantings to have feeling of Piet Oudolf’s design.
West 19th Street Terraces (Architects Tamarkin Co., Interior Design Suzanne Shaker)
Gardens for model suite apartments with terraces where created in keeping with the clean lines of the new architecture which looks out over the Highline.
Mulberry Street Penthouse Garden (Flank Architect & Development Group with Partners & Spade)
A model suite penthouse garden was created for the rendering stage of this new construction.
COUNTRY PROPERTIES AND GARDENS
Roxbury , CT estate
An ongoing consultation on a large evolving property with old and new contemporary structures and houses.
Beacon, NY Village Garden
A small country but urban garden for clients who needed to block views but who love plants and didn't just want o hedge in their property with conifers. Year round interest and attracting birds was important here.
Beacon , NY (Roundhouse Hotel at Beacon Falls-Rockwell Group)
A renovation of old brick structures on the Main Street of Beacon overlooking the creek that is now a hotel and event space needed a landscape that was formal to accommodate large parties but also took into account the natural surroundings and wildlife habitat.