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Jean-Marc Flack - Mindful Garden Design

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Herbaceous Border Design

With any luck your property has a level, central and sunny spot near the residence to plan a major herbaceous border. I like to play with the traditional idiom by adding ornamental grasses to the mix for extra texture and movement.

 
 Poolside butterfly garden

Poolside butterfly garden

Wildlife Gardens & Habitats

From insect pollinators to birds, my gardens are always designed with wildlife in mind. In this era of ecological degradation, it is my goal to add chemical and pesticide free refuge for critters of all kinds...

 
 Nodding onion, Allium cernuum, are tough and irresistible to bees...

Nodding onion, Allium cernuum, are tough and irresistible to bees...

Native Plant Gardens

While a big fan and advocate of native plantings for philosophical and ecological reasons, I am not a "purist". I am an equal opportunity plant lover and feel that a balanced approach to plant choices is possible.

 
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Meadows

In my humble opinion nothing is more beautiful than a native meadow at it's peak in mid to late summer... except maybe the same meadow covered in snow in the dead of winter, golden grasses and seedheads standing out against the white snow...

 
 10,000 Square foot native wetland restoration project

10,000 Square foot native wetland restoration project

Deer Resistant Plantings

Very few plants are totally deer proof, but in New York State suburban and ex-urban areas deer are almost always a problem. Combining unpalatable plants and monthly applications of deer repellants, a beautiful and reasonably deer resistant planting is indeed possible!

 
 Native Northern Sea Oats and Mountain Mint

Native Northern Sea Oats and Mountain Mint

Custom Carpentry

Elegant fencing, deck and planter design can transform any outdoor space and add a luxurious sensual garden framework.

 
 Contemporary Western Red Cedar fence

Contemporary Western Red Cedar fence

Masonry

Beautiful masonry work provides the foundation for a strong garden: patios, stairs, stone paths, driveway aprons and trims.

 
 Mixed local Bluestone and Fieldstone steps

Mixed local Bluestone and Fieldstone steps

Landscape Lighting

Tasteful low voltage lighting adds subtle night-time drama for entertaining and safety for key trees, walkways, driveway hot tub and spa areas.

 
 Custom railings built from local driftwood and tangle vines with recessed lights

Custom railings built from local driftwood and tangle vines with recessed lights

Sun & Shade Gardens

Suburban properties typically offer a variety of site conditions that dictate different planting choices. I relish choosing appropriate plants for challenging sites and love the contrasts that can be created between different areas on the same property.

 
 Variegated Soloman's Seal, Polygonatum is a tough woodland perennial that brings a little light to dark corners

Variegated Soloman's Seal, Polygonatum is a tough woodland perennial that brings a little light to dark corners

Water Features

I believe all gardens should incorporate water into the design. Water in the garden always soothes, can provide a subtle sound screen, and attracts birds. Here a rain garden to catch storm water run off from a driveway.

 
 Local river pebbles line a drainage swale for an attractive and eco-friendly drainage solution

Local river pebbles line a drainage swale for an attractive and eco-friendly drainage solution

Container Gardens

Containers are perfect for smaller spaces such as patios, windows and decks and add exciting seasonal display opportunities.

 

Formal, Casual, Traditional, or Contemporary Styles

Different design esthetics will be appropriate depending on the site, residence style and client lifestyle... I personally have very versatile tastes and never try to impose a specific style unless it is a natural fit for the project.

 
 Providing contractor ready scale plans and plant lists for accurate estimates and installations

Providing contractor ready scale plans and plant lists for accurate estimates and installations