Custom garden designs that interpret client desires and needs.
most of your property with an evaluation for present and
future gardening and landscaping opportunities. Enjoy your entire
property with pathways, uncover nature's features, and discover views
with Barbara's forestscaping techniques. Learn the design skills to love your land!
Learn gardening skills
and the basic know-hows of growing vegetables, herbs, and
flowers with targeted lessons and garden coaching. Know what to look
for, what to buy, and enjoy discounts on personalized nursery shopping
Barbara Feldt is a garden designer that
specializes in site selection, vegetable and perennial garden design,
lawn reduction, forestscaping, harvesting rainwater,
deer, attracting beneficial wildlife, feng shui gardening, organic
methods, designing stone labyrinths, community gardening
and beautification projects, historical garden research and
reconstructions, and project management.
Barbara is an author, public speaker, oil painter, and designer of attractive, practical, and historically-based driveways made of natural materials allowing water to be absorbed by the earth yet blend into the environment - B. F. Historical Driveways.
organically since 1990, Barbara founded TARN FARM LLC in
2008. Inspected for a New York State plant growing license, she will be
taking herb and vegetable orders from local restaurants, shops, stores,
and for clients' use. Specific requests and inquiries can be emailed
a request to “create a perennial border here” can certainly be
accomplished, that is not the best use of Barbara Feldt’s design
talent. Her sense of plant siting, practical and low-maintenance
designs, placement of rocks, furniture, accessories and garden layout
leads not only to an immediate appreciation, but satifaction in knowing
that it will last and grow.
She shapes forest and wetland paths
with a purpose - you observe as you walk, stop in newly-appreciated
places that offer beauty, interest, and/or solace. Barbara can design
plans for this gardening season and assist in
developing years-long strategies.
Her garden and forestscape
design service takes a comprehensive approach. Whether a kitchen
garden, formal ornamental, or annual cutting garden or koi pond is
desired, Barbara includes a unique component – you.
on-site meeting or discussion via email or phone will be an in-depth
interview. Barbara gathers facts, pinpoints desires (functions, themes,
views, colors, sounds, and fragrance to start), and will offer
suggestions and ideas geared to the optimal enjoyment of your gardens
and land. Want to harvest organic vegetables, pick aromatic herbs for
the grill or salad, and be able to gaze out at beauty from every
window? You can.
Barbara works with you. Gardening is not
difficult. But, choices are and so can the optimum places to
plant them. Barbara knows through experience (and research skills) to
ensure that the right tomato, bulb, shrub, and tree is selected,
placed, and correctly planted to thrive.
The Unique Highlands
some well-chosen, no-fuss, and beautiful native plants to your land and
sharing raspberries (wine berries) with wild turkeys in early summer
can be a forest-edge treat. Barbara will help you choose what you want
to grow and what to remove. Some natives have invasive habits that
choke out plants and wetlands: Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria L. Liatris), barberry, and Multiflora rose for example.
history that has shaped this land, both the geological and human
impact, continues to guide her plant choices. Barbara's respect and
sensitivity to the wildlife and forest go back to childhood days spent
in the woods adjoining her home in northeast New Jersey.
methods always - for all plants, soil, and lawn. Do you want tomatoes
that are flavorful and sweet or taste like cardboard? One only needs to
observe the ceasless drive of Eastern Bluebirds bringing worms, grubs,
and and crickets to the waiting mouths of their young to realize how
vital it is not to use any chemical or so-called "Miracle" product.
with practical ideas and organic methods results in reduced
maintenance, the peace of mind that you are not harming anyone's health
or the environment, and maximizing your enjoyment of your
land. Placing nesting boxes and providing cover for birds (and bats)
is wise since they are the most incredible insect eaters!
Garden Consultation and Design; Project Management
Speaker - PowerPoint lectures geared to your topic
On-Site Gardening Lessons, Consult on nursery buying trips
includes container and raised-bed gardening, perennials and annuals,
creating theme gardens, composting, historical reconstructions, native
plant selections, welcoming deer up to the garden gate, and utilizing
both wetlands and forests wisely and gently.
bid process and site management/installation, conduct
interviews, obtain estimates of only fully-insured professionals such
as landscape architects, pond builders, arborists, physical labor, and
legal removal of debris. Purchase plants/material, arrange deliveries.
Group Trip (limit of 6) to public gardens and garden centers
decades of gardening roofs and urban gardens, street tree bed projects,
celebrity terraces, penthouses, community gardens, and koi
ponds. Researched, designed, and installed an 1850’s historical
reconstruction of Garrit Striker's mansion in DeWitt Clinton Park
(viewed from West 52nd Street, between 11th Avenue and the West Side
Highway. Expert in developing private, public, educational and
volunteer gardening projects. Garden designer of private,
not-for-profit, and public spaces in Manhattan and Garrison, New
York. Founder and Director of Manhattan Botanical Garden (1995-2006)
that promoted volunteerism, beautification, and adding native plants to
over 40 satellite gardens. Designed and installed the Concept Garden
at Pier 84, The Hudson River Park, at West 44th Street. The ribbon
cutting of the community-tended wildlife garden was held in October 2006
provide environmentally practical designs to clients, to grow seeds and
plants organically, and to teach, lecture, and write of respect and
care of all wildlife and of our natural environment.