The client, a young couple starting a family, purchased an historic townhouse in Brooklyn Heights, New York. Through their architect, they reached out to our firm to help design a garden that would become an extension of their home. Working closely, we designed various spaces including a rear courtyard with room for entertaining, the front planting area for seasonal showcases and a dynamic use of a green roof off a guest room.
Our design team incorporated a classic natural planting palette, accented with natural bluestone paving and detailed fencing. Many native plant species were incorporated throughout the rear garden areas, creating a lush and ever changing garden throughout the seasons. We also accommodated the client’s request for a low maintenance and child friendly space. To that end, we installed a large swath of highly realistic artificial turf.
For the upstairs 4th floor terrace garden, we designed and installed a semi-intensive green roof system while working within structural and logistical constraints. All material was carefully brought through the residence and then back through a small residential window, as no exterior door was available. Our design for the planting scheme included a variety of perennials for varied seasonal interest as the space is enjoyed from the interior of the residence.
At the front of the residence we sought to enhance the classic Brooklyn townhouse architecture with a permanent planting bed of boxwood and seasonal plantings with a focal tree that will grow as the family does. We also installed window boxes and plant them seasonally to complete the look of the façade.