Red Hook Townhouse Old

 

This garden in Red Hook...

designed for an artist, a baker and their young children, is part productive farm and part native garden. The design creates a framework for the activity and culinary and artistic projects of the family. A chicken coop houses two heritage birds that give eggs, and raised bed planters grow vegetables.  A middle planting area partially screens the chicken coop and divides the lawn into front and back areas, making both a running loop and a smaller, hidden-away space for the kids to duck away into. The plantings create a framework of trees and shrubs: a hornbeam hedge grows along the rear of the property screening an adjacent factory building, native amalanchiers and oakleaf hydreangea provide texture. A slow-growing Stewartia tree, native witchhazel, torulosa junipers and fothergilla create textural fields of foliage and provide interest throughout the seasons. The lawn in comprised of walkable perennial plants – creating a no-mow and low maintenance lawn with less environmental impact. The design includes a palette of native plants that the clients continue to develop and explore.