landscape + ecology
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  Private residence, West Shokan NY   Masterplan for a second home in the Catskills.  Structured, useable outdoor space designed to provide phased future construction with detailed construction documentation set.  This enables clients to realise their needs in a fitful, manageable, long-term approach.

Private residence, West Shokan NY

Masterplan for a second home in the Catskills.  Structured, useable outdoor space designed to provide phased future construction with detailed construction documentation set.  This enables clients to realise their needs in a fitful, manageable, long-term approach.

  Private residence, Olivebridge NY

Private residence, Olivebridge NY

  Private residence, Princeton NJ   built summer 2014  A circulation plan for  new entry and extended driveway offered an opportunity to soften the brick home.  A native plant palette was nuanced for a formal front garden.

Private residence, Princeton NJ

built summer 2014

A circulation plan for  new entry and extended driveway offered an opportunity to soften the brick home.  A native plant palette was nuanced for a formal front garden.

  Private Residence, Hampton Bays NY   Utilizing a strong native plant palette from the indigenous Long Island Pine Barrens, a woodland shrub border and grassland garden is proposed for this weekend cottage.    The blurring between bed, border, and lawn will be enhanced with native short grassland species.  Additionally, a combination of screening, seating, and outdoor kitchen and dining area is in schematic design phase.  Ongoing collaboration with the architect to provide indoor/outdoor rooms on the footprint of the old garage continues.

Private Residence, Hampton Bays NY

Utilizing a strong native plant palette from the indigenous Long Island Pine Barrens, a woodland shrub border and grassland garden is proposed for this weekend cottage.  

The blurring between bed, border, and lawn will be enhanced with native short grassland species.  Additionally, a combination of screening, seating, and outdoor kitchen and dining area is in schematic design phase.

Ongoing collaboration with the architect to provide indoor/outdoor rooms on the footprint of the old garage continues.

  Private residence, Brooklyn NY   A new home in Clinton Hill is built within the frameworks of historic preservation guidelines.  On a street with a string of carriage houses, this home is keeping with tradition, with a contemporary touch.  Finishings and attention to detail was paramount in this project.  Traditional masonry builds this terraced back garden.  Contemporary planting design and a water feature complete the fabric for outdoor living.  Section showing the textural fabric of traditional masonry and contemporary planting design.

Private residence, Brooklyn NY

A new home in Clinton Hill is built within the frameworks of historic preservation guidelines.  On a street with a string of carriage houses, this home is keeping with tradition, with a contemporary touch.  Finishings and attention to detail was paramount in this project.

Traditional masonry builds this terraced back garden.  Contemporary planting design and a water feature complete the fabric for outdoor living.

Section showing the textural fabric of traditional masonry and contemporary planting design.

 BEAVER STREET, BROOKLYN NY (2014)  This terraced back garden was built for a rental property.  Maximum use of square footage, areas for dining, growing food, and creating shared spaces was focussed as design intent.   The outcome is a realised design with custom fencing, pergola on upper terrace, and an at grade deck with built in timber clad seating. Vine planting was utilised to soften the structure, carrying up the stucco walls up to the horizontal fence cladding.

BEAVER STREET, BROOKLYN NY (2014)

This terraced back garden was built for a rental property.  Maximum use of square footage, areas for dining, growing food, and creating shared spaces was focussed as design intent. 

The outcome is a realised design with custom fencing, pergola on upper terrace, and an at grade deck with built in timber clad seating. Vine planting was utilised to soften the structure, carrying up the stucco walls up to the horizontal fence cladding.

 CROWN HEIGHTS, BROOKLYN      Sometimes owners are looking for clean and modern, but not for themselves, but for their tenants.  More and more, I come across investors who are willing to give tenants green space.     Combining function & utilty with ecology and beauty, this back garden is currently under construction.  The main aim was to provide a low maintenance lawn for gatherings.  No-mow lawns are becoming more and more common for these types of applications.  They need only a mow twice year, require little watering after establishment, and provide a lush soft green area for in-frequent foot traffic.  No-mow lawns can be seeded or plug planted, providing a cost effective solution to problem areas.

CROWN HEIGHTS, BROOKLYN 

 

Sometimes owners are looking for clean and modern, but not for themselves, but for their tenants.  More and more, I come across investors who are willing to give tenants green space.  


Combining function & utilty with ecology and beauty, this back garden is currently under construction.  The main aim was to provide a low maintenance lawn for gatherings.  No-mow lawns are becoming more and more common for these types of applications.  They need only a mow twice year, require little watering after establishment, and provide a lush soft green area for in-frequent foot traffic.  No-mow lawns can be seeded or plug planted, providing a cost effective solution to problem areas.

 CROWN HEIGHTS, BROOKLYN     Section showing custom timber cladded fence and growing area for tenants.

CROWN HEIGHTS, BROOKLYN

 

Section showing custom timber cladded fence and growing area for tenants.

 Two design options explored for a back garden in Columbia Heights, Brooklyn.    Built in seating and raised beds generated the premise of the design intent.  Softening the structure with curvilinear lines and loose aggregate where chosen over the formal and angular structured option.  Both designs sought to create a planting which would embrace, encompass and surround the seating and dining areas to create a quiet retreat.

Two design options explored for a back garden in Columbia Heights, Brooklyn.  

Built in seating and raised beds generated the premise of the design intent.  Softening the structure with curvilinear lines and loose aggregate where chosen over the formal and angular structured option.  Both designs sought to create a planting which would embrace, encompass and surround the seating and dining areas to create a quiet retreat.

  Private residence, Chatham NJ   Installed spring 2014  A native woodland garden was designed to mitigate a heavily compacted clay soil in full shade conditions for the side yard.    Restoration species were selected to fill in with garden variety species to allow for growth and establishment of a native woodland area adjoining an existing wooded area adjacent the property.   Ferns and native shade loving carex species predominate the woodland understory palette complimenting the  Viburnum acerifolium, Polygonatum biflorum  ,  and  Acetaea racemosa  plantings.    Existing bluestone was relaid to redirect the circulation path.  A crocus lawn was also proposed for an early spring vibrancy.

Private residence, Chatham NJ

Installed spring 2014

A native woodland garden was designed to mitigate a heavily compacted clay soil in full shade conditions for the side yard.  

Restoration species were selected to fill in with garden variety species to allow for growth and establishment of a native woodland area adjoining an existing wooded area adjacent the property. 

Ferns and native shade loving carex species predominate the woodland understory palette complimenting the Viburnum acerifolium, Polygonatum biflorumand Acetaea racemosa plantings.  

Existing bluestone was relaid to redirect the circulation path.  A crocus lawn was also proposed for an early spring vibrancy.

  Trussbridge Farm, Glen Wild NY   fall/winter 2014  Provided consultation services for a small upstart farm in Sullivan County NY.    After clearing the landscape of  Prunus serotina , black cherry, avoiding fatally toxic vegetation for livestock animals, the landscape needed to be reseeded and evaluated for natural biodiversity and foddering potential for future grazing.    Looking specifically at increasing the ecological biodiversity around newly dug cattle ponds and a steep hillside embankment to increase the natural erosion control, stabilisation, and protect water quality was paramount.    Ensuring the ecological and cultural balance between how the landscape had previously been utilised and how the landscape would significantly change over the course of the growth of the new farm, investigation into the naturally occurring plant communities  harmonises and attributes past and future to this western Catskill edge, historically rich, agricultural landscape.  

Trussbridge Farm, Glen Wild NY

fall/winter 2014

Provided consultation services for a small upstart farm in Sullivan County NY.  

After clearing the landscape of Prunus serotina, black cherry, avoiding fatally toxic vegetation for livestock animals, the landscape needed to be reseeded and evaluated for natural biodiversity and foddering potential for future grazing.  

Looking specifically at increasing the ecological biodiversity around newly dug cattle ponds and a steep hillside embankment to increase the natural erosion control, stabilisation, and protect water quality was paramount.  

Ensuring the ecological and cultural balance between how the landscape had previously been utilised and how the landscape would significantly change over the course of the growth of the new farm, investigation into the naturally occurring plant communities  harmonises and attributes past and future to this western Catskill edge, historically rich, agricultural landscape.  

  Acer campestre, UK tree studies, 2012

Acer campestre, UK tree studies, 2012

  Populus tremula, UK tree studies, 2012

Populus tremula, UK tree studies, 2012

  UK tree studies, 2012

UK tree studies, 2012

  Prunus avium, UK tree studies, 2012

Prunus avium, UK tree studies, 2012

 Pinus sylvestris, UK tree studies, 2012

Pinus sylvestris, UK tree studies, 2012

  TWO GARDENS FOR TWO COMTEMPLATIONS OR MAYBE THE SAME CONTEMPLATION TWICE     IN TWO TONALITIES TO EXPRESS LIGHT AND DARK AND BEINGNESS AND ALONENESS AND PERHAPS SUBLIME  (Proposed 2012, Sheffield UK)   We have been very strenuously conditioned against solitude. To be alone is considered to be a grievous and dangerous condition.     So I beg you to recall in detail any times when you were alone and discover your exact response at those times.    I suggest to artist that you take every opportunity of being alone, that you give up having pets and unneccessary companions.    You will find the fear that we have been taught is not just one fear but many different fears.    When you discover what they are they will be overcome.    Most poeople have never been alone enought to feel these fears.    But even without the experience of them they dread them.    I suggest that people who like to be alone, who walk alone will perhaps be serious workers in the art field.   Agnes Martin,  Writings,   p.117     Agnes Martin’s writings are the supporting elements for this proposed contemplation garden. Martin’s paintings enhanced the desire for minimal approaches in the design. Fostering landscapes for solitariness in every growing society for intellectual or spiritual reflection is a rather hugely empathetic response in this design exercise.  As rectilinear mediaeval cloister gardens are open to the sky, primarily experienced visually through movement around its edges, and typically surrounded by a covered walkway, a tall and substantial yew hedge will garner the boundaries of  Yew Garden . A narrow path will follow the outline of the hedge. This will aim to provide a path to so one may circle the garden over and over to facilitate contemplation.    Y    ew  Garden  aims to present the community with a contemplation garden and grounds typically found in historic churchyards. With the loss of much of St. Mary’s garden grounds to modernity, a minimal design with traditional underpinnings is imposed on the Boston Street site.   As Marc Treib suggests in “Attending,” communing supersedes contemplation” (2005, p. 17). A simple open air planar opening between the grove and the garden situates users together to reconvene within the whole experience.   White Grove  , opposite the small courtyard from  Yew Garden , is densely planted entrance.  The white poplar grove is planted into building rubble. The tree’s habit will provide a lightness under its canopy. Here a user will wander and wayfind without a formal path to singular seating cubes for contemplation and then further to  Yew Garden.

TWO GARDENS FOR TWO COMTEMPLATIONS OR MAYBE THE SAME CONTEMPLATION TWICE 

IN TWO TONALITIES TO EXPRESS LIGHT AND DARK AND BEINGNESS AND ALONENESS AND PERHAPS SUBLIME (Proposed 2012, Sheffield UK)

We have been very strenuously conditioned against solitude. To be alone is considered to be a grievous and dangerous condition. 

So I beg you to recall in detail any times when you were alone and discover your exact response at those times.

I suggest to artist that you take every opportunity of being alone, that you give up having pets and unneccessary companions.

You will find the fear that we have been taught is not just one fear but many different fears.

When you discover what they are they will be overcome.

Most poeople have never been alone enought to feel these fears.

But even without the experience of them they dread them.

I suggest that people who like to be alone, who walk alone will perhaps be serious workers in the art field.

Agnes Martin, Writings,  p.117

 

Agnes Martin’s writings are the supporting elements for this proposed contemplation garden. Martin’s paintings enhanced the desire for minimal approaches in the design. Fostering landscapes for solitariness in every growing society for intellectual or spiritual reflection is a rather hugely empathetic response in this design exercise.

As rectilinear mediaeval cloister gardens are open to the sky, primarily experienced visually through movement around its edges, and typically surrounded by a covered walkway, a tall and substantial yew hedge will garner the boundaries of Yew Garden. A narrow path will follow the outline of the hedge. This will aim to provide a path to so one may circle the garden over and over to facilitate contemplation.

Yew Garden aims to present the community with a contemplation garden and grounds typically found in historic churchyards. With the loss of much of St. Mary’s garden grounds to modernity, a minimal design with traditional underpinnings is imposed on the Boston Street site. 

As Marc Treib suggests in “Attending,” communing supersedes contemplation” (2005, p. 17). A simple open air planar opening between the grove and the garden situates users together to reconvene within the whole experience.

White Grove , opposite the small courtyard from Yew Garden, is densely planted entrance.  The white poplar grove is planted into building rubble. The tree’s habit will provide a lightness under its canopy. Here a user will wander and wayfind without a formal path to singular seating cubes for contemplation and then further to Yew Garden.

  TWO GARDENS FOR TWO COMTEMPLATIONS OR MAYBE THE SAME CONTEMPLATION TWICE   IN TWO TONALITIES TO EXPRESS LIGHT AND DARK AND BEINGNESS AND ALONENESS AND PERHAPS SUBLIME  (Proposed 2012, Sheffield UK)   In the presence of nature a wild delight runs through the man, in spite of real sorrows...In the woods, is perpetual youth...In the Woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can fail me in life, -no disgrace, no calamity...which nature cannot repair. Standing on the bare ground - my head bathed by the blithe air, and uplifted into infinite space - all man egotism vanishes. I become a transparent eye-ball. I am nothing. I see all. The currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part of particle of God.    Selection from  Silence and Light , Ralph Waldo Emerson as published in “On the Transcendent in Landscapes of Contemplation” by Henrich Hermann,  Contemporary landscapes of contemplation  (2005), p. 49

TWO GARDENS FOR TWO COMTEMPLATIONS OR MAYBE THE SAME CONTEMPLATION TWICE IN TWO TONALITIES TO EXPRESS LIGHT AND DARK AND BEINGNESS AND ALONENESS AND PERHAPS SUBLIME (Proposed 2012, Sheffield UK)

In the presence of nature a wild delight runs through the man, in spite of real sorrows...In the woods, is perpetual youth...In the Woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can fail me in life, -no disgrace, no calamity...which nature cannot repair. Standing on the bare ground - my head bathed by the blithe air, and uplifted into infinite space - all man egotism vanishes. I become a transparent eye-ball. I am nothing. I see all. The currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part of particle of God. 

Selection from Silence and Light, Ralph Waldo Emerson as published in “On the Transcendent in Landscapes of Contemplation” by Henrich Hermann, Contemporary landscapes of contemplation (2005), p. 49

Private residence, West Shokan NY

Masterplan for a second home in the Catskills.  Structured, useable outdoor space designed to provide phased future construction with detailed construction documentation set.  This enables clients to realise their needs in a fitful, manageable, long-term approach.

Private residence, Olivebridge NY

Private residence, Princeton NJ

built summer 2014

A circulation plan for  new entry and extended driveway offered an opportunity to soften the brick home.  A native plant palette was nuanced for a formal front garden.

Private Residence, Hampton Bays NY

Utilizing a strong native plant palette from the indigenous Long Island Pine Barrens, a woodland shrub border and grassland garden is proposed for this weekend cottage.  

The blurring between bed, border, and lawn will be enhanced with native short grassland species.  Additionally, a combination of screening, seating, and outdoor kitchen and dining area is in schematic design phase.

Ongoing collaboration with the architect to provide indoor/outdoor rooms on the footprint of the old garage continues.

Private residence, Brooklyn NY

A new home in Clinton Hill is built within the frameworks of historic preservation guidelines.  On a street with a string of carriage houses, this home is keeping with tradition, with a contemporary touch.  Finishings and attention to detail was paramount in this project.

Traditional masonry builds this terraced back garden.  Contemporary planting design and a water feature complete the fabric for outdoor living.

Section showing the textural fabric of traditional masonry and contemporary planting design.

BEAVER STREET, BROOKLYN NY (2014)

This terraced back garden was built for a rental property.  Maximum use of square footage, areas for dining, growing food, and creating shared spaces was focussed as design intent. 

The outcome is a realised design with custom fencing, pergola on upper terrace, and an at grade deck with built in timber clad seating. Vine planting was utilised to soften the structure, carrying up the stucco walls up to the horizontal fence cladding.

CROWN HEIGHTS, BROOKLYN 

 

Sometimes owners are looking for clean and modern, but not for themselves, but for their tenants.  More and more, I come across investors who are willing to give tenants green space.  


Combining function & utilty with ecology and beauty, this back garden is currently under construction.  The main aim was to provide a low maintenance lawn for gatherings.  No-mow lawns are becoming more and more common for these types of applications.  They need only a mow twice year, require little watering after establishment, and provide a lush soft green area for in-frequent foot traffic.  No-mow lawns can be seeded or plug planted, providing a cost effective solution to problem areas.

CROWN HEIGHTS, BROOKLYN

 

Section showing custom timber cladded fence and growing area for tenants.

Two design options explored for a back garden in Columbia Heights, Brooklyn.  

Built in seating and raised beds generated the premise of the design intent.  Softening the structure with curvilinear lines and loose aggregate where chosen over the formal and angular structured option.  Both designs sought to create a planting which would embrace, encompass and surround the seating and dining areas to create a quiet retreat.

Private residence, Chatham NJ

Installed spring 2014

A native woodland garden was designed to mitigate a heavily compacted clay soil in full shade conditions for the side yard.  

Restoration species were selected to fill in with garden variety species to allow for growth and establishment of a native woodland area adjoining an existing wooded area adjacent the property. 

Ferns and native shade loving carex species predominate the woodland understory palette complimenting the Viburnum acerifolium, Polygonatum biflorumand Acetaea racemosa plantings.  

Existing bluestone was relaid to redirect the circulation path.  A crocus lawn was also proposed for an early spring vibrancy.

Trussbridge Farm, Glen Wild NY

fall/winter 2014

Provided consultation services for a small upstart farm in Sullivan County NY.  

After clearing the landscape of Prunus serotina, black cherry, avoiding fatally toxic vegetation for livestock animals, the landscape needed to be reseeded and evaluated for natural biodiversity and foddering potential for future grazing.  

Looking specifically at increasing the ecological biodiversity around newly dug cattle ponds and a steep hillside embankment to increase the natural erosion control, stabilisation, and protect water quality was paramount.  

Ensuring the ecological and cultural balance between how the landscape had previously been utilised and how the landscape would significantly change over the course of the growth of the new farm, investigation into the naturally occurring plant communities  harmonises and attributes past and future to this western Catskill edge, historically rich, agricultural landscape.  

Acer campestre, UK tree studies, 2012

Populus tremula, UK tree studies, 2012

UK tree studies, 2012

Prunus avium, UK tree studies, 2012

Pinus sylvestris, UK tree studies, 2012

TWO GARDENS FOR TWO COMTEMPLATIONS OR MAYBE THE SAME CONTEMPLATION TWICE 

IN TWO TONALITIES TO EXPRESS LIGHT AND DARK AND BEINGNESS AND ALONENESS AND PERHAPS SUBLIME (Proposed 2012, Sheffield UK)

We have been very strenuously conditioned against solitude. To be alone is considered to be a grievous and dangerous condition. 

So I beg you to recall in detail any times when you were alone and discover your exact response at those times.

I suggest to artist that you take every opportunity of being alone, that you give up having pets and unneccessary companions.

You will find the fear that we have been taught is not just one fear but many different fears.

When you discover what they are they will be overcome.

Most poeople have never been alone enought to feel these fears.

But even without the experience of them they dread them.

I suggest that people who like to be alone, who walk alone will perhaps be serious workers in the art field.

Agnes Martin, Writings,  p.117

 

Agnes Martin’s writings are the supporting elements for this proposed contemplation garden. Martin’s paintings enhanced the desire for minimal approaches in the design. Fostering landscapes for solitariness in every growing society for intellectual or spiritual reflection is a rather hugely empathetic response in this design exercise.

As rectilinear mediaeval cloister gardens are open to the sky, primarily experienced visually through movement around its edges, and typically surrounded by a covered walkway, a tall and substantial yew hedge will garner the boundaries of Yew Garden. A narrow path will follow the outline of the hedge. This will aim to provide a path to so one may circle the garden over and over to facilitate contemplation.

Yew Garden aims to present the community with a contemplation garden and grounds typically found in historic churchyards. With the loss of much of St. Mary’s garden grounds to modernity, a minimal design with traditional underpinnings is imposed on the Boston Street site. 

As Marc Treib suggests in “Attending,” communing supersedes contemplation” (2005, p. 17). A simple open air planar opening between the grove and the garden situates users together to reconvene within the whole experience.

White Grove , opposite the small courtyard from Yew Garden, is densely planted entrance.  The white poplar grove is planted into building rubble. The tree’s habit will provide a lightness under its canopy. Here a user will wander and wayfind without a formal path to singular seating cubes for contemplation and then further to Yew Garden.

TWO GARDENS FOR TWO COMTEMPLATIONS OR MAYBE THE SAME CONTEMPLATION TWICE IN TWO TONALITIES TO EXPRESS LIGHT AND DARK AND BEINGNESS AND ALONENESS AND PERHAPS SUBLIME (Proposed 2012, Sheffield UK)

In the presence of nature a wild delight runs through the man, in spite of real sorrows...In the woods, is perpetual youth...In the Woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can fail me in life, -no disgrace, no calamity...which nature cannot repair. Standing on the bare ground - my head bathed by the blithe air, and uplifted into infinite space - all man egotism vanishes. I become a transparent eye-ball. I am nothing. I see all. The currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part of particle of God. 

Selection from Silence and Light, Ralph Waldo Emerson as published in “On the Transcendent in Landscapes of Contemplation” by Henrich Hermann, Contemporary landscapes of contemplation (2005), p. 49

  Private residence, West Shokan NY   Masterplan for a second home in the Catskills.  Structured, useable outdoor space designed to provide phased future construction with detailed construction documentation set.  This enables clients to realise their needs in a fitful, manageable, long-term approach.
  Private residence, Olivebridge NY
  Private residence, Princeton NJ   built summer 2014  A circulation plan for  new entry and extended driveway offered an opportunity to soften the brick home.  A native plant palette was nuanced for a formal front garden.
  Private Residence, Hampton Bays NY   Utilizing a strong native plant palette from the indigenous Long Island Pine Barrens, a woodland shrub border and grassland garden is proposed for this weekend cottage.    The blurring between bed, border, and lawn will be enhanced with native short grassland species.  Additionally, a combination of screening, seating, and outdoor kitchen and dining area is in schematic design phase.  Ongoing collaboration with the architect to provide indoor/outdoor rooms on the footprint of the old garage continues.
  Private residence, Brooklyn NY   A new home in Clinton Hill is built within the frameworks of historic preservation guidelines.  On a street with a string of carriage houses, this home is keeping with tradition, with a contemporary touch.  Finishings and attention to detail was paramount in this project.  Traditional masonry builds this terraced back garden.  Contemporary planting design and a water feature complete the fabric for outdoor living.  Section showing the textural fabric of traditional masonry and contemporary planting design.
 BEAVER STREET, BROOKLYN NY (2014)  This terraced back garden was built for a rental property.  Maximum use of square footage, areas for dining, growing food, and creating shared spaces was focussed as design intent.   The outcome is a realised design with custom fencing, pergola on upper terrace, and an at grade deck with built in timber clad seating. Vine planting was utilised to soften the structure, carrying up the stucco walls up to the horizontal fence cladding.
 CROWN HEIGHTS, BROOKLYN      Sometimes owners are looking for clean and modern, but not for themselves, but for their tenants.  More and more, I come across investors who are willing to give tenants green space.     Combining function & utilty with ecology and beauty, this back garden is currently under construction.  The main aim was to provide a low maintenance lawn for gatherings.  No-mow lawns are becoming more and more common for these types of applications.  They need only a mow twice year, require little watering after establishment, and provide a lush soft green area for in-frequent foot traffic.  No-mow lawns can be seeded or plug planted, providing a cost effective solution to problem areas.
 CROWN HEIGHTS, BROOKLYN     Section showing custom timber cladded fence and growing area for tenants.
 Two design options explored for a back garden in Columbia Heights, Brooklyn.    Built in seating and raised beds generated the premise of the design intent.  Softening the structure with curvilinear lines and loose aggregate where chosen over the formal and angular structured option.  Both designs sought to create a planting which would embrace, encompass and surround the seating and dining areas to create a quiet retreat.
  Private residence, Chatham NJ   Installed spring 2014  A native woodland garden was designed to mitigate a heavily compacted clay soil in full shade conditions for the side yard.    Restoration species were selected to fill in with garden variety species to allow for growth and establishment of a native woodland area adjoining an existing wooded area adjacent the property.   Ferns and native shade loving carex species predominate the woodland understory palette complimenting the  Viburnum acerifolium, Polygonatum biflorum  ,  and  Acetaea racemosa  plantings.    Existing bluestone was relaid to redirect the circulation path.  A crocus lawn was also proposed for an early spring vibrancy.
  Trussbridge Farm, Glen Wild NY   fall/winter 2014  Provided consultation services for a small upstart farm in Sullivan County NY.    After clearing the landscape of  Prunus serotina , black cherry, avoiding fatally toxic vegetation for livestock animals, the landscape needed to be reseeded and evaluated for natural biodiversity and foddering potential for future grazing.    Looking specifically at increasing the ecological biodiversity around newly dug cattle ponds and a steep hillside embankment to increase the natural erosion control, stabilisation, and protect water quality was paramount.    Ensuring the ecological and cultural balance between how the landscape had previously been utilised and how the landscape would significantly change over the course of the growth of the new farm, investigation into the naturally occurring plant communities  harmonises and attributes past and future to this western Catskill edge, historically rich, agricultural landscape.  
  Acer campestre, UK tree studies, 2012
  Populus tremula, UK tree studies, 2012
  UK tree studies, 2012
  Prunus avium, UK tree studies, 2012
 Pinus sylvestris, UK tree studies, 2012
  TWO GARDENS FOR TWO COMTEMPLATIONS OR MAYBE THE SAME CONTEMPLATION TWICE     IN TWO TONALITIES TO EXPRESS LIGHT AND DARK AND BEINGNESS AND ALONENESS AND PERHAPS SUBLIME  (Proposed 2012, Sheffield UK)   We have been very strenuously conditioned against solitude. To be alone is considered to be a grievous and dangerous condition.     So I beg you to recall in detail any times when you were alone and discover your exact response at those times.    I suggest to artist that you take every opportunity of being alone, that you give up having pets and unneccessary companions.    You will find the fear that we have been taught is not just one fear but many different fears.    When you discover what they are they will be overcome.    Most poeople have never been alone enought to feel these fears.    But even without the experience of them they dread them.    I suggest that people who like to be alone, who walk alone will perhaps be serious workers in the art field.   Agnes Martin,  Writings,   p.117     Agnes Martin’s writings are the supporting elements for this proposed contemplation garden. Martin’s paintings enhanced the desire for minimal approaches in the design. Fostering landscapes for solitariness in every growing society for intellectual or spiritual reflection is a rather hugely empathetic response in this design exercise.  As rectilinear mediaeval cloister gardens are open to the sky, primarily experienced visually through movement around its edges, and typically surrounded by a covered walkway, a tall and substantial yew hedge will garner the boundaries of  Yew Garden . A narrow path will follow the outline of the hedge. This will aim to provide a path to so one may circle the garden over and over to facilitate contemplation.    Y    ew  Garden  aims to present the community with a contemplation garden and grounds typically found in historic churchyards. With the loss of much of St. Mary’s garden grounds to modernity, a minimal design with traditional underpinnings is imposed on the Boston Street site.   As Marc Treib suggests in “Attending,” communing supersedes contemplation” (2005, p. 17). A simple open air planar opening between the grove and the garden situates users together to reconvene within the whole experience.   White Grove  , opposite the small courtyard from  Yew Garden , is densely planted entrance.  The white poplar grove is planted into building rubble. The tree’s habit will provide a lightness under its canopy. Here a user will wander and wayfind without a formal path to singular seating cubes for contemplation and then further to  Yew Garden.
  TWO GARDENS FOR TWO COMTEMPLATIONS OR MAYBE THE SAME CONTEMPLATION TWICE   IN TWO TONALITIES TO EXPRESS LIGHT AND DARK AND BEINGNESS AND ALONENESS AND PERHAPS SUBLIME  (Proposed 2012, Sheffield UK)   In the presence of nature a wild delight runs through the man, in spite of real sorrows...In the woods, is perpetual youth...In the Woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can fail me in life, -no disgrace, no calamity...which nature cannot repair. Standing on the bare ground - my head bathed by the blithe air, and uplifted into infinite space - all man egotism vanishes. I become a transparent eye-ball. I am nothing. I see all. The currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part of particle of God.    Selection from  Silence and Light , Ralph Waldo Emerson as published in “On the Transcendent in Landscapes of Contemplation” by Henrich Hermann,  Contemporary landscapes of contemplation  (2005), p. 49