Who we are

 

Founded in 2005, The Organic Gardener, Inc. is a Brooklyn based landscape design firm committed to providing its clientele with striking landscapes that act as extensions of their homes and businesses. Working closely with our clients, we pride ourselves in reflecting the architectural strengths of an existing site and are dedicated to the details that create compelling, sustainable, low maintenance gardens that embody the sensibilities of the people who will enjoy them.

The Organic Gardener's client base reflects our varied interests and talents and includes small urban gardens and large rooftops as well as green roofs, multi-residential, hotel and commercial spaces. We approach these projects with equal enthusiasm and enjoy collaborating with some of the city's leading architects as well as working directly with homeowners. The Organic Gardener works in partnership with a talented team of horticulturists, masons, electricians, carpenters, welders and other craftsmen to ensure that each project is completed to the highest standards of environmental design

 

Timothy Osborne, principal

Timothy studied drafting and landscape design at the Atlanta College of Arts in Atlanta, Georgia. He is an avid traveler in constant pursuit of new ideas and places of inspiration for his garden designs and his passion for design and knowledge of plant material is evident in every project.

Cat Rha, principal designer

Cat earned her M.Arch from the Rhode Island School of Design.  Prior to joining the Organic Gardener, she worked as a project designer for a boutique landscape architecture firm in NYC.  She believes in listening carefully to clients' needs to form thoughtful, lush, and well-constructed spaces.

Amy Wilson, contributing designer:

Amy studied art history at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Landscape Design at the New York Botanical Gardens.  She enjoys the challenges of designing for urban spaces in the rich cultural landscape that is New York City.

 

 
 

What we do

process:

The Organic Gardener is a DESIGN / BUILD firm that specializes in outdoor spaces in New York City. Our designs evolve from understanding a site's unique requirements, dictated by both its natural and built surroundings, and by the client's aesthetic desires. From initial sketches to the selection of plants, hardscape materials such as stones and wood, irrigation, lighting, furniture and a maintenance plan, The Organic Gardener is devoted to eloquence in form, purpose and craftsmanship.

consultation & site visit:

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An initial visit to the site and discussion of client's goals and desires begins our process. Space is measured and notes and photographs are taken to record light, existing plant material, surrounding properties, interior style and building limitations/requirements for material delivery.


design:

After additional site visits, schematic sketches and technical drawings are completed. Estimates are gathered and presented to clients, along with drawings and inspiration boards. Plant material is discussed and client feedback is noted. Additional renderings and/or construction quotes are provided if need be.


build:

Municipal building permits, if required, are secured. The Organic Gardener oversees all aspects of the job, from site demolition to in-shop fabrication of custom planters, and will be on-site regularly until project completion.


maintain:

Maintenance programs are offered and encouraged for all projects. We enjoy educating our clients about plants and value the opportunity to ensure that our gardens thrive.