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January 11, 2021

Hillside Garden: Landscaping a Steep Slope for Erosion Control | Dutchess County, NY

A Hillside garden can be one of the most challenging landscape designs to execute, especially if it is a steep slope, like this Holmes, NY backyard. Why? Steep slopes are more prone to erosion — washing away of precious topsoil — especially during storm events. Furthermore, if the soil structure is high in sand and gravel, stormwater can drain too 

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January 9, 2021

Pollinator Pathways Darien, CT | Landscape Design Case Studies

Pollinator Pathways is spreading with incredibly encouraging speed and enthusiasm throughout New England.  The organization’s mission is to promote pollinator-friendly landscapes throughout geographic areas, to help connect habitats and bridge the gap of development and habitat destruction.  Connecticut is leading the way with many local division in Fairfield County, especially in Darien, CT.  Through these grassroots efforts, we’ve been able to connect with new, like-minded clients 

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January 7, 2021

Ecological Restoration: Pond & Wetland Native Planting w. Dam Construction | Westchester NY

GJL has acted as the land steward for this property for over ten years! Jay Archer led the ecological restoration of the estate. A decade ago, this property was mostly traditional lawn (read: chemically-supported). Today, it has gradually been restored ecologically to a more natural state delivering many ecosystem services. This series is part of our 2020 Countdown of GJLs 

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December 31, 2020

Elegant Front Landscaping w. Stone Masonry | Irvington, NY.

We started 2020 off with the classics, but of course had to put our own ecological spin on it. This Westchester, NY property featured way-overgrown foundation plantings that completely overtook the house. The Irvington clients hired us to re-design their front landscaping, as well as around the driveway. The scope of work also included enclosing the backyard to make it 

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December 29, 2020

Terraced Native Gardens w. Water Feature & Natural Hardscape | Westchester, NY

We’re excited to finally share photos of this completed landscape, featuring: a disappearing, naturalistic water feature (constructed by Cooper Ponds), a natural stone patio for the clients’ viewing pleasure, and pathways meandering through terraced native gardens.   This series is part of our 2020 Countdown of GJLs Best Landscape Design Projects of the Year! This is #4: Harvest Hill and 

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