Mindful Garden Design
Hortulus Animae is a niche design studio providing integrated full-service solutions focusing on residential landscapes and estates in the lower Hudson Valley and beyond.
Exuberant plant-driven design with an emphasis on sustainability and ecology.
Site specific and client appropriate designs for Formal, Casual, Traditional, or Contemporary Styles.
The values of Hortulus Animae include: the path of least resistance, as little disturbance as possible, native plants whenever possible and no chemicals. Landscapes should be beautiful and create a sensual retreat for the client as well as become an inviting habitat for local pollinators and their friends.
Garden and planting design are iterative processes that by the very nature of the living materials being used change and evolve over time. Successful plantings take close observation and tweaking over several seasons to mature.
Hortulus Animae is the title of a medieval prayerbook that literally translates as “Little Garden of the Soul”, or “Jardin des Âmes”... This title resonates with me for gardening has always been a spiritual practice in my life.
I am a self confessed plant nerd with 15 years of hands-on gardening experience designing rooftop terraces in Manhattan and now working on firm land on 177 acres of woodland in Greene county, NY.
Some would say style is in my DNA. With over 20 years expertise in the high end of the Fashion Industry and a unique personal background that includes residing abroad and studying in France, Switzerland, Greece, Algeria, the Ivory Coast, and the Philippines as well as other extensive travels.
- Modern Dance
- Eastern Philosophy
- meadows and native plants
- woodland/shade gardens
- cottage gardens
- gravel/xeric gardens
- perennial borders
- container plantings.
DESIGN STYLE & INFLUENCES
- Naturalistic landscape design
- New Perennial Movement
- English Arts and Crafts gardens
- Japanese Zen meditation gardens
Baccalauréat, Philosophy - Lycée Français d'Athènes, '80
BA, Philosophy & Psychology - Georgetown University, '87
Sustainable Garden Design Certificate - New York Botanical Garden, '15
Landscape Design Certificate - New York Botanical Garden, ongoing
Home Improvement Contractor license:
Some Glowing Praise
My Favorite Plants
PERENNIALS, BULBS, SHRUBS, GRASSES, ANNUALS...
All are needed to paint a full picture with year-round interest. The key is choosing the appropriate plants for the site conditions.