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Memorial day is a time to remember the lives given by those who served our country in the line of duty. At the onset of summer, as festivities and patriotic spirits are lifted, we gather with family and loved ones we are thankful to have in our lives. There is no doubt in my mind that Central Park is swamped with picnics and gatherings on this gorgeous day.

I want to take a moment to remember Frederick Law Olmsted and his contribution to our city. Central Park (and Prospect Park) is an inconic landmark of New York City which continues to make a significant impact on the lives of Manhattanites and visitors alike. The sea of green which Olmsted approached with the viewpoint of creating a public space equally accessible for all classes was truly visionary at the time.

A stunning penthouse on Central Park West overlooks the classic landscape that Olmsted left behind. Our task was to channel Olmsted’s vision to create a terrace that complements the views and surrounding landscape. The result is a timeless garden full of understated textures and greenery to produce a calm place for the homeowners to entertain and relax. Watch the video to see the transformation!

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I was captivated when I read about the world’s largest cruise ship and how it has  a horticulturist on staff. With close to 100 plants species on board, this novel idea is taking gardening to the next level. Though I have yet to experience this park for myself, the images from Royal Caribbean’s website show a very manicured, well designed oasis on this 16 deck beast.

"Central Park" on the Allure Cruise Ship

"Central Park" at Night


 The funny thing about this floating garden on the Allure cruise ship is that it has  a lot of similarities to courtyard gardens built in New York City. The 505 development right here in Hell’s Kitchen has a comparable courtyard completely surrounded by buildings with balconies facing the garden. The important thing to consider in a courtyard design like this is to develop a sense of height within the structure of the landscape. Pergolas, trellises, fencing and other features (both evident in the Allure Cruise Ship and The 505) help stretch the garden vertically so you don’t have the feeling of being enclosed in a canyon.

The Modern Courtyard of the 505 in Hell's Kitchen

 Read the fascinating article in the NYT by Toni Schlesinger:

Check out more pictures of the Allure cruise ship:

Visit the 505 condo website for more images of this new Hell’s Kitchen residence:


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Halloween weekend was the perfect time to visit Kykuit in Tarrytown, NY. This stunning estate was home to four generations of Rockefellers and was lived in by John D., Jr. and Nelson Rockefeller. Perched on the top of a meticulously landscaped hilltop, this home has sweeping views of the Hudson River and palisades. With an art collection full of Picasso, Calder and Matisse, this estate is full of wonderful surprises. The visitor’s center for this historic home is in Sleepy Hollow, and is an easy 45 minute drive north of New York City.

I do want to mention that Kykuit is part of the national trust as well as the Historic Hudson Valley organization. You can find more information at: as well as

William Welles Bosworth is the Architect responsible for the landscape design around the estate. Landscapes like this are few and far between in the U.S. John D. Rockefeller spent as much on the landscaping as he did on the actual house, and it shows. Bosworth worked under Frederick Law Olmsted (think Central Park) and many feel that the entrance garden of Kykuit is some of his best work in the country.

The gardens are divided into many outdoor rooms and there are plenty of walls, hedges and paths that guide you through the landscape. Bosworth studied in Paris, and the garden feels like a combination of Italian and English gardens as well. JDR JR. and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller loved classical art and modern art respectively. They are responsible for the Museum of Modern Art in New York City as well as the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum in Williamsburg, VA. Because of their love for artwork, the garden is full of sculptures. The entire East façade of the house is covered in Wisteria and I cannot wait to go back to see it in spring.

East Facade of Kykuit Covered in Wisteria

Entry Garden to Kykuit facing East

Pleached Alley of Hornbeams On the South Side of the House

Jeffrey Erb at Kykuit

Aphrodite's Temple on South Terrace

Teahouse on East Terrace

Chinese Lantern on East Terrace

West Terrace Hedging and Pergolas

West Terrace Eating Nook with Grotto in Background

Swimming Pool on West Terrace


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