Hortulus Animae

Jean-Marc Flack - Mindful Garden Design

My Projects



Native Contemplation Garden - Copake NY

Mission: Re-grade disturbed site of new home to incorporate spaces for patios, decks, parking and gardens. The master plan includes a luxurious Ipe deck framed by a fieldstone sitting wall, scree garden, meditation spiral, lower terrace with native borders, amelanchier grove, and an expanded parking bay. 

350 tons of boulders,

25 pallets of Pennsylvania fieldstone

500 yards of topsoil

5000 native plants



Kent Hilltop Property

Client mandate: Flowers! The final master plan includes a poolside butterfly garden, private hot tub retreat, lavender ledge, woodland plantings, hilltop crabapple grove, sweeping beds of spring bulbs, custom deck planters, and a native rain garden to catch storm water runoff... All areas are planted for year-round interest



Meadow Planting

Half an acre of typical suburban lawn replaced by glorious meadow plantings now home to teaming local wildlife.



North Salem Poolside Plantings

The pool area is now a focal point of this secluded property, Transforming the site in to a lush garden room and private oasis screening neighbor views.

Jean-Marc turned our swimming pool into a sanctuary. The blend of colors and heights, grassy textures and different flowering plants was so creative and yet totally harmonious with the setting.
We just love escaping there. Working with Jean-Marc was a joy!


Carmel Woodland Steps

A charming woodland retreat needed new masonry steps and railings... The rustic design feels like it has always been part of the landscape and blends in with the cottage and setting.

Hortulus Animae - Mindful Garden Design created a gorgeous front walk way for our home - railings, lighting and blue slate steps.
I was thrilled with Jean-Marc’s unique and beautiful vine railings. We get compliments on them every time we have guests. We feel very grateful for his vision!


Irvington Storefront:
Red Barn Bakery

Red Barn Bakery needed a inviting makeover and buffer from the busy commuter parking areas. The design includes a gravel garden with grasses and culinary herbs a shaded woodland garden, annual window planters and Boxwood topiaries anchoring the storefront foundation planting.

Jean Marc is a magician; he created a woodland garden and a rock garden directly next to the store with exotic perennials which play off the vintage turn of the century building. My customers are always amazed with the gardens when they come to the shop.
Jean Marc has a tremendous amount of knowledge and skill. He also has a phenomenal design sense coming from a fashion background.

Residential Courtyard

Upgrade an aging courtyard with stylized Zen Mediation Garden inspiration using native plants, local fieldstone stepper path over river pebbles and custom boulder reflective basin. Native evergreen plant palette includes: Rhododendron maximum, Kalmia latifolia, Polystichum acrostichoides