Growing Vegetables, Fruit, and Herbs in Your Garden

Rooftop kitchen garden. It is possible to grow quite a variety of herbs, vegetables and fruit in a small space!

Rooftop kitchen garden. It is possible to grow quite a variety of herbs, vegetables and fruit in a small space!

About 25sf of planters and pots supply produce from apple and cherry trees, raspberry and blueberry bushes, strawberry plants, a grape vine, as well as greens, tomatoes, peppers and a dozen different herbs.

About 25sf of planters and pots supply produce from apple and cherry trees, raspberry and blueberry bushes, strawberry plants, a grape vine, as well as greens, tomatoes, peppers and a dozen different herbs.

Collecting some vegetables, herbs and fruits for the day's breakfast and lunch menu. Photo by Raquel de Favori ©2017.

Collecting some vegetables, herbs and fruits for the day's breakfast and lunch menu. Photo by Raquel de Favori ©2017.

Tomatoes ripening in the roof garden.

Tomatoes ripening in the roof garden.

Growing your own berries is not difficult at all. Ask the nursery about purchasing a male and a female plant, and for netting to place over the plants so that the birds don't take the berries before you!

Growing your own berries is not difficult at all. Ask the nursery about purchasing a male and a female plant, and for netting to place over the plants so that the birds don't take the berries before you!

Grow your berries in a sunny spot

Grow your berries in a sunny spot

Grapes don't have to overwhelm your garden; a lattice fence or even a parapet railing can support them in a sunny spot adequately sheltered from the wind.

Grapes don't have to overwhelm your garden; a lattice fence or even a parapet railing can support them in a sunny spot adequately sheltered from the wind.

The sweetness of growing your own cherries.

The sweetness of growing your own cherries.

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.

 

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Some Autumn 2016 "BEFORE"s underway . . . .

Twelve Gardens Ltd. is working with Pell Overton Architecture on the roof garden for Brooklyn Heights Montessori School. Model of bridge connecting 2 rooftop garden / recreation areas (Pell Overton).

Twelve Gardens Ltd. is working with Pell Overton Architecture on the roof garden for Brooklyn Heights Montessori School. Model of bridge connecting 2 rooftop garden / recreation areas (Pell Overton).

"BEFORE" image of an Upper West Side backyard. Designs underway!

"BEFORE" image of an Upper West Side backyard. Designs underway!

Stay tuned as these projects go from concepts through design development to construction!

"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.

Spring 2016 : Designs underway

We're working on gardens around town--or towns, rather! Near and far. The schematic design is an overall composition of a garden. It identifies the elements, functions, flow, style of a garden. 

Check out a few of our projects underway !

nyc roof garden

Views from this midtown Manhattan roof are spectacular, so they are highlighted in the design: there are several "lookout" points around the proposed garden. Trees, a green roof and entertaining areas meet the client's multiple needs for views of nature, beauty, and a space for meetings and parties. Native plants and green roof will help support insects and birds, adding to the biophilic benefits of the garden.

An Upper West Side Manhattan backyard garden has 2 levels, one the garden level, the other on the first floor. Its owner wants to look out on a peaceful scene from the house. A new footbridge will connect a balcony to the upper level of the garden.  A flight of steps connects the lower and upper back garden levels. 

Schematic design (3 options, preliminary design phase) for Los Angeles backyard garden.

Schematic design (3 options, preliminary design phase) for Los Angeles backyard garden.

BEFORE image of a Los Angeles backyard--design underway!

BEFORE image of a Los Angeles backyard--design underway!

A backyard garden redesign which focuses on native plants, rainwater collection, a kitchen garden, a view, a family performance space, and a whole lot more. The client is eager to select plants that will support the local ecosystem, from butterflies to birds. 

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