An American Tradition
Our inspiration is derived from the New American Garden style which looks to connect gardens with the greater regional landscape. Our designs mirror Impressionistic examples of the American meadow and Eastern Forest. With great reverence for the wild garden, the American landscape informs our decisions about processes and beauty.
In Partnership With You
In partnering with clients we help them to realize value from a well planned garden utilizing sympathetic design as a way to restore harmony. Our designs consider function and circulation within space to achieve a sensuous experience with a composition that celebrates the evolving seasons.
Timely & Timeless
We create immediate value, engineered through the seamless integration of space, soils and vegetation. External resources are used minimally in plantings by selecting appropriate materials that thrive on the given site. Bold masses of perennials bring powerful seasonal aesthetic along with minimal maintenance. Structural features are integrated and crafted with timeless materials.
With over 50 years combined experience, our offerings include landscape design and consultation, garden maintenance and management, agronomy, arboriculture, permaculture, masonry, and carpentry.
We are passionate
about what we do. We want
you to experience it.
Building gardens is about creating a powerful experience of place and time. We’ve experienced the most expressive ideals where nature’s meadows and woodlands meet man’s architectural masterworks. Man and nature a harmonious whole. This is our inspiration.
The importance of placemaking
As children we construct private places from blankets, branches and boxes; we find importance in having our own space – the same type of spaces necessary over one’s life. Places fun to explore; places where we find intimacy and repose; places to bring friends and family, places to laugh, dine, places to welcome and say good-bye. Places of experience.
Models for planting designs come from the bold and powerful landscapes in nature. Simplicity and repetition of the right plants in the right places create harmony, serenity, and embrace change. Trees and shrubs are used to frame and modify views, compress space and seat homes gracefully in a landscape. As in nature, bold and powerful drifts of grasses and
flowering perennials redefine the grand beauty of nature and what it teaches us. This artful approach to design bridges the gap between those who embrace wildness and those who desire order.
My personal experience began in our family plant nursery where I first noticed the beauty of meadows and woodlands. Later working alongside well respected architects I learned the power of thoughtfully developed places. I hope to inspire others to the excitement that strong architectural spaces combined with dramatic planting can have. Our lifes work is to be productive partners in the community and inspire future generations. It’s truly a great honor to be given opportunities to build beautiful, healthy livable places.
What People Are Saying...
Don Pell planned and installed a very substantial garden for our home. Don’s approach to our project was very impressive in that he was planning for a long term goal and had the insight to plan for how the plantings would look several years from now. This was very different from others we spoke with who looked for instant results with no thought for maintenance or the future replacement or removal of plantings that couldn’t thrive in the future. I would describe Don’s style as very natural or “new american.”His plan for our landscape included woodland gardens, meadows and formal gardens around the house. It has been several years (5) since the gardens were installed. Every year I see what his insight has done to increase the value of our property and enriched our lives. We truly enjoy living here more and more every year because of our gardens. I am a professional craftsman and recognize easily the quality and thoughtfulness in others work. Don is very professional and I highly recommend him for your project.
Don Pell provides best in class garden design coupled with extensive knowledge of native plants. Through the integration of smart design and strong execution he and his team consistently deliver exceptional results. Our redesigned garden including installing a patio moving existing plants and installing new plantings. His masons and gardeners are incredible to work with and he stand behind his work 100%. Our first project with Don was over 5 years ago and each year we do a little more so that our garden has evolved from a tangled mess to a haven that is truly and extension of our living space
Donald Pell designed my court yard with paths and circles of flagstone and fountains.the planting s are beautiful. People always asked what the plants are because they are not commonly used plants. We also had him do three other gardens for us. All with plants and trees I have never seen before.
His employees do a wonderful job. They clean up everything and take it with them. They are very knowledgeable of the environment and the perfect plant for the location.
We are very pleased with his work and highly recommend him.