We design visceral landscapes that engage the senses, nourish the soul, and inspire reverence for nature.
Serene Seaside Swimming Pond
GJL created a phased Landscape Development Master Plan for this charming property that borders a sea channel in Larchmont, NY. We designed and constructed a natural swimming pond and waterfall, purified by an adjacent bog garden (that’s right, no chlorine!). The pond provides a beautiful focal point for the new bluestone patio, constructed by GJL. Salt-tolerant perennials make up the border pollinator gardens, and a woodland-inspired garden frames the front yard.
Putnam Valley, NY
After the addition of a new front porch, these clients in Putnam Valley, NY wanted to redesign the entry walk and replace the front lawn. In the words of the client: “Our front yard last year was all grass. This year it is all perennials with a focus on supporting pollinators. Such a big improvement for us and for the insane number of bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds all over the place!” In addition to the planting, GJL crafted a fieldstone entry path, secondary gravel garden path, and a grand fieldstone staircase to connect the lower yard. Watch the project from start to finish on our YouTube channel!
Wild Garden & Waterscape
This Rye property started with a traditional backyard lawn and patio, that was habitually underused because of a mosquito issue (the property bordered a wetland.) GJL removed the lawn and designed a custom water feature set in a lush perennial garden. The plant biodiversity and habitat creation invited necessary predators, like dragonflies, to keep the mosquito populations in check. Now, the homeowners frequently meander through the garden paths, admiring the long-blooming flowers and the humming birds that visit them. Mosquitos aren’t an issue anymore. The naturalistic, wild design seamlessly connects sitting areas to a woodland garden and to the wetland itself, now a viewpoint and functional asset to the property.
Farmhouse Stream Construction
& Native Hillside Planting
New Canaan, CT
We received a call about a pond full of dead fish in New Canaan. GJL was hired to restore water quality organically, and to design a more dramatic and functional habitat in the form of a cascading stream and native hillside planting. We also installed a fieldstone staircase and patio to improve accessibility and interaction to the pond.
Low-Mow Lawn &
This dog-loving family’s lawn was suffering from severe compaction and landscape tedium. GJL installed Microclover Back Beauty sod from SodCo – a durable and attractive new sod that fixes nitrogen and reduces water and fertilizer inputs. GJL also softened the existing retaining wall with flowering perennials above and below for vibrant blooms from spring through fall. A proper cedar base for the play set and a boulder-retained vegetable garden complete this family backyard haven.
Elegant Summer Blooming
This classic Westchester home longed for color and texture to match its grandeur. GJL selected classic, long-blooming perennials to accentuate the front entry walkway. In the backyard, the deck previously joined a terraced lawn that lacked color, ecology and seasonal interest. GJL created a bluestone patio and lush terrace garden to match the owner’s vibrant personality and lifestyle. The rest of the lawn is to organic perfection.
This design was inspired by the concept of topophilia – a strong sense of place that becomes intertwined with cultural identity. The client wanted to celebrate her global travels through a series of eleven color and cultural-themed gardens, from the white herb garden of Provence to the Japanese forest grasses in the Asian gold garden. Plants were chosen for their functionality and significance in the composition to represent cultural icons and elements of the natural world. To accentuate the lakeside views, GJL strategically placed a gazebo and created “garden room” seating areas.
Bedford Hills, NY
This five-acre property in Bedford Hills included a natural woodland and rolling topography. Site conditions varied from deep shade to dappled sunlight, offering a range of mircroclimates to work with. Inspired by the natural existing features, GJL designed a woodland understory and planted more trees to diversify the forest and create additional habitat. A custom water feature on the deck complimented the naturalistic style perfectly. Later phases included a grand flagstone staircase leading to the tennis court, and a bioswale to intercept stormwater sheetflow.
Wonders of Water
Green Jay Landscaping was called to this property to address a steep, unattractive, and highly erodible slope that dominated the backyard. Today, it comes a live with a cascading waterfall surrounded by a depth of plant cover and layered textures, for year-round beauty. The waterfall culminates in a koi pond habitat that brings great joy to the clients and their guests.
The bridge from the architectural to the natural is affected by the spatial layout of the landscape. For this project, GJL designed a unique geometric path to compliment the modern architecture of the home and pool. The far corners of the poolscape are insulated by mass plantings of perennials and ornamental grasses that provide structure from afar and intimacy from within. Nuanced repetitions of plant communities are found throughout the property, from the entrance to the backyard, for a cohesive composition.