Ecology + Design

Landscape Design & Water Feature Construction | Mamaroneck, New York

Realizing a Site’s Potential.

Each landscape offers distinct opportunities and challenges.

Like snowflakes, not two client’s or properties are quite the same. Although similarities may present, there are always significant differences characteristic to the individual site and client. As a landscape design professional, horticulturist, naturalist and ecologist, I am interested in the  unusual or distinct aspects of a particular project potential we are involved in.

Formulating a Design Concept

In this case, to enhance the beautiful new deck addition, we  chose to create several theme gardens which are intertwined with each other, focused on health and healing through nature and serenity.
The free standing shadow box lattice panels we designed with a canted tilt act as a screen for the compost pile and utilities behind and a bright backdrop in the shady corner of the backyard. The natural stone, granite bubblers or pillars serve multiple functions. They give depth and strength to the design theme of the Earth’s basic elements of stone, water and wood, soil and plants, they also do a great job attracting birds, who enjoy bathing in the water. The electric service for the pump is concealed and controlled from a switch inside the house.

Designing with Water

The finishing details are essential to the visual artistic quality and feeling. These include carefully chosen sizes, textures, shapes and colored gravel, river rock and Mexican beach pebbles.
This was just the water feature space! Just as much thought and creativity went into the organization of the two semi-circular patio spaces, stepping stone walks, staircase and landing to deck, the subsurface rainwater harvesting and the passive irrigation systems.

Whether standing in the spacious interior space looking out the floor to ceiling windows or entertaining on the custom deck with California cable rail, your eye is drawn to this important quadrant of space.

In  addition to the wonderful ecological benefits which the predominately native plant landscaping provided in attracting a diverse variety of birds, butterflies etc., the composition is intended to produce a gestalt of peace and physical health by connecting the garden of nature with the newly renovated homes architectural success in inviting the outdoors in.

The time of our lives pass so quickly, each precious moment should be savored. This is truly a garden landscape for all seasons of life and nature.

Jay Archer

President, Green Jay Landscape Design


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