Mindful Garden Design
Hortulus Animae is a niche design studio providing integrated full-service solutions focusing on residential landscapes and estates in the 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: seeking the path of least resistance, choosing native plants whenever possible and no chemicals. Landscapes should create a beautiful and sensual retreat for the client while also becoming 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.
Over 20 years expertise as a fashion executive and a unique personal background that includes residing and studying in France, Switzerland, Greece, Algeria, the Ivory Coast, and the Philippines as well as other extensive travels.
meadows and native plants
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:
The Journal News, Life & Style
Fort the last seven years — after way to long in New York — Jean-Marc Flack has been creating a wonderful garden in Carmel that now fully surrounds the charming 1790 farmhouse he shares with his husband, the choreographer Stephen Petronio…
by Bill Cary, Journal News
Some Glowing Praise
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.