Make the Most of Your Backyard, NYC!

Make the Most of Your Backyard, NYC!

You managed to find a home with outside space in NYC?! Don’t let it go to waste!

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NYC City Gardens, 1920-1922 : The Photographs of Frances Benjamin Johnston (Pt 1 of 2)

NYC City Gardens, 1920-1922 : The Photographs of Frances Benjamin Johnston (Pt 1 of 2)

Extraordinary color photos of City Gardens of NYC in the 1920s by Frances B. Johnston.

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Spring 2017 : Some designs underway

BEFORE.  East 50s terrace garden with spectacular views : LEED Gold building terrace garden. The very light-colored flooring deflects heat (though the pavers shown here will be replaced with porcelain tiles, the tone will remain about the same).

BEFORE.  East 50s terrace garden with spectacular views : LEED Gold building terrace garden. The very light-colored flooring deflects heat (though the pavers shown here will be replaced with porcelain tiles, the tone will remain about the same).

This Spring we are working on some fantastic landscape design / build projects for our clients, from a roof terrace for an art collector in the East 50s, to a Japanese-influenced backyard garden for a family on the Upper West Side, and a brownstone 2-level backyard garden -- with a footbridge from deck to back garden, on the upper level!

DESIGN RENDERING.  An Upper West Side backyard has been one part of a interior/exterior renovation which must pass through multiple rounds of approval : the building's board; the Landmarks Preservation Committee; and the Department of Buildings. Some gardens are designed and built within a few months of our first meeting a client. Others can take a year to come to fruition!

DESIGN RENDERING.  An Upper West Side backyard has been one part of a interior/exterior renovation which must pass through multiple rounds of approval : the building's board; the Landmarks Preservation Committee; and the Department of Buildings. Some gardens are designed and built within a few months of our first meeting a client. Others can take a year to come to fruition!

Our clients love outdoor space in NYC and want to make the very most of it. Some love a view from the 27th floor, but would like to block out just one or two aspects of it and protect themselves from a southern exposure's heat and direct sunlight. Another client's ideal harks back to a grandmother's garden, and includes a screened enclosure in the garden to enjoy the outdoors while avoiding bug bites. For a third, the garden is primarily meant as a serene view, but nonetheless has 3 distinct spaces for enjoying contact with nature and entertaining friends and family.

 

"AFTER" : midtown roof garden, green roof

An oak tree frames the view of a green roof set with New York bluestone pavers.

An oak tree frames the view of a green roof set with New York bluestone pavers.

before nyc landscape design

"BUILD" Phase 2016 : a roof garden installation underway

Installation of rooftop garden in midtown Manhattan. The central area, with pavers removed, will soon be green roof.

Installation of rooftop garden in midtown Manhattan. The central area, with pavers removed, will soon be green roof.

Midtown Manhattan roof garden installation is underway : much of the planting is complete and now it's time to build the green roof! This roof garden provides multiple benefits to our client. In addition to the biophilic effects of improved well-being (and productivity!) on the part of people who work in offices with views of nature, it will also host some great cocktail parties. The planting combines native and non-native plantings, including an oak tree and a green roof (both great for birds), as well as fragrant plants like pine, lavender and buddleia.

Planting and green roof installation underway on 16th floor roof terrace on Park Avenue in midtown Manhattan.

Planting and green roof installation underway on 16th floor roof terrace on Park Avenue in midtown Manhattan.

That ugly duckling phase. . . . Pavers come off to make way for green roof. Planters are brought up to the roof and carefully set and shimmed to be level and in alignment with one another, in preparation for planting.

That ugly duckling phase. . . . Pavers come off to make way for green roof. Planters are brought up to the roof and carefully set and shimmed to be level and in alignment with one another, in preparation for planting.

BEFORE image, day 1 of garden installation.

BEFORE image, day 1 of garden installation.