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When Woodland meets Landscapes and Gardens.

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Peter Atkins and Associates is dedicated to the construction and maintenance of upper Westchester and Lower Fairfield county fine gardens. Though our work is inspired by classic gardens, we love to create innovative and fresh solutions for our clients. We specialize in large garden installation and detail-oriented small gardens in the  hamlets towns around Bedford, New York.  Our system of careful site analysis, selection of the finest materials, and implementation with a well-trained staff of horticulturists, and craftsmen result in the perfect outdoor environment. It is however, our ability to create value for each client and build a life-long relationship that we consider to be our greatest talent. We rely solely on our work and customer referrals to obtain future projects.

PETER H. ATKINS PROFILE PICTURE

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Introduction from Owner Peter Atkins.

  • Peter Atkins is an accredited Landscape Designer in New York and Connecticut. Peter is also accredited as a North East Organic Land Care Professional (AOLCP). Peter attended the Cary Institute of Ecological system studies in Millbrook, NY with studies in their Landscape Design department.  He has a certificate from the Rhode Island University in Permaculture Design. Permaculture is a system of agricultural and social design principles centered around simulating or directly utilizing the patters and features observed in a natural ecosystem. 
  • What began as a mission to make landscapes more sustainable has grown into a collaborative team environment that includes innovative designers, seasoned craftsmen who are specialist working with stone, water, timber, steel and plants. We are also known for our meticulous gardening services, certified organic land are and plant health care services at top value. 
  • Our project approach is unique because we understand landscapes from multiple perspectives: as a designer, builder and maintainer of these spaces. We are a full service landscaping company  that creates living spaces by creating edible, sustainable and ecological properties. Some clients utilize just one aspect of our services, while others rely on us for all their landscape needs.
  • I am often asked what kind of gardens I like to create: cottage, formal, Japanese-style, native, shade, vegetable, wildlife, or woodland. The answer – whatever will make my clients feel more at home.
  • My projects cover the gamut, from designing intimate entrance areas and steep hillside  gardens, to developing comprehensive landscape plans for multi-acre properties.


 I welcome the opportunity to create a garden sanctuary for you.

ACCREDITED HORTICULTURIST PETER ATKINS
ACCREDITED HORTICULTURIST PETER ATKINS

ACCREDITED HORTICULTURIST, (CPH)

Accredited Horticulturists  (Study in Soil Science, Botany and Chemistry)

  • Peter Atkins is an accredited  horticulturist in NY, CT  
  • William Barnhart is a accredited horticulturist in NY, CT, NJ

 

Why use an ACCREDITED HORTICULTURIST

  • A horticulturist is skilled in the cultivation of plants – from grasses, shrubs and trees to vegetables, fruits, and flowers. A New York/Connecticut Certified Horticulturist has the specialized training to understand and troubleshoot both common and unique garden and landscape problems and to recommend effective solutions. They are the professionals you can trust to help you with your garden and landscape projects.

WE PLACED A GAZABO IN THE GARDEN TO SIT OUT OF THE SUN BUT STILL BE IN THE GARDEN.

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TESTIMONIALS

When I contacted Peter he was enthusiastic about our smallish project to renovate the circle area of our driveway. In the late winter we met and spoke about the goals. After a careful review he gave us a quote which was reasonable and filled all our desires and more for the project. I would reservedly recommend using him for a landscaping project. In fact there are other areas of our property that we may work on with him in the future. (The actual cost was at the very low end of the approximate cost range.)Read More

Peter took care of a very personal garden area of mine and always made it beautiful. He is very flexible with ideas and budgets and continually created just what I wanted. He is very reliable, completely knowledgeable and I feel has a great love for his work. I would recommend Peter highly.Read More

We have known Peter for a couple of years as we live in the same small quiet town. I had no idea he was involved in grounds maintenance. My only complaint was not calling on him sooner. He and his crew did an amazing job cleaning up our 1.5 acre yard and the cost effectiveness was well worth it. Much appreciated.Read More

After trying multiple landscapers in the area, we finally found Peter Atkins four years ago and we have been happy ever since. Peter understands our sensibility and our desire to have a natural garden in a woodland landscape. Everything he has planted is organic and native to the area. His design is directed by his artistic instincts and the land itself. He respects and has a natural affinity for the property. He designed, planted and diligently maintains our fern, vegetable and herb gardens. Additionally he has designed, planted and maintained a variety of flower gardens and walking paths, completely transforming the way we appreciate our property during every season. We highly recommend Peter and his team.Read More

Peter Atkins is a perfectionist who cares passionately about design, quality, and doing things the right way. He is attentive to every detail that goes in to creating and maintaining a beautiful garden and landscape. Peter designed a vegetable/flower garden--including fencing, raised beds, birdhouse, berry patch, etc.,-- that is completely harmonious with our topography and architecture. He was easy to work with and has a maintenance staff that is second to none. We were so pleased with this project that we now rely on Peter not only to care for our vegetable/flower garden, but to oversee the maintenance and care of all trees and shrubs on our property. Under his careful watch and pruning, he has upgraded our property and we couldn't be happier.Read More

Ecological Landscape.

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Formal Landscape.

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Client

Northern Westchester, NY

" Peter Atkins team  did everything I asked, and then some. I was so pleased that Selvin and Jose see what needed to be done without being told, and jumped right on anything specific I asked them to do. Always cheerful and willing to help.  In and out in the designated timeframe and I couldn’t be happier. I’d rate their work above and beyond my expectations.  This same team has been pruning, weeding and maintaining our property for seven years now. Always with top value."

Client

Historical Bedford NY

"When you have a landscape design project, it is imperative to hire someone with experience in project management. This is more than landscaping; it is more like construction. Peter Atkins and Associates understands this and will work with you to ensure organization and coordination across the various parties. The way Peter Atkins was able to not only coordinate our project, but to also consistently communicate next steps was amazing. He is a real artist with strong project management skills for which discerning buyers should pay a premium. We have worked with several landscapers. Peter Atkins and Associates is by far the best and we would recommend them for your project, large or small".


We are a team oriented business - A property being discussed for estimates.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT AT PETER ATKINS AND ASSOCIATES

Frank discussing plan with clients.

Peter Atkins and Associates sales team with a client

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

  • Communication from beginning to end. Perhaps the best advantage of hiring Peter Atkins as your landscape designer is communication. The more people involved in the process, the greater the chance of miscommunication. At Peter Atkins we are large enough to tackle any size project, but small enough to give every project the special care it deserves.


  • Peter Atkins works closely with the customer and our design team to source materials, estimate costs and provide value-engineering services. This ensures the highest quality project on budget and on time. 


  • Most people underestimate the importance of hiring a company with excellent landscape project management capabilities.  As a homeowner, you should not be in the position of interviewing and hiring all the contractors to install your job. This is time a consuming job. 


  • Peter Atkins and Associates employees  a network of  the most extensive and experienced in-house team of skilled landscape technician, gardeners and craftsman available. Our entire team is one large family. We have worked together for over thirty five years.  All services are managed and coordinated by Peter Atkins.  We will operate as your general contractor. 


  • We are a fully licensed and insured company in the State of New York and Connecticut.

Comprehensive Landscape Maintenance Services.

Landscape Plan by Peter Atkins and Associates
Landscape Plan by Peter Atkins and Associates

We completely maintain this fine home. The lawn is also organic. The masorny apron work is our talented team.

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Comprehensive Landscape Maintenance Services.

Our maintenance department of plant enthusiasts, master gardeners, and horticulturists will ensure your landscape looks beautifully maintained in all seasons. From one-time cleanups to large mulching projects, seasonal bulbs to colorful annual additions, water gardens to woodland restorations, we help you enjoy your yard to the fullest.  Peter Atkins and Associates customized seasonal contracts provide personalized support, knowledge, and expertise for the health of your plants and the longevity of your garden.


Our fine gardening program is bourn of clients' request for more personalized and comprehensive management of their gardens.  The program employs a specialized approach to maintaining the beauty of your outdoor environment at present and as the garden matures.  Our program includes mapping and cataloguing all landscape elements and developing a systematic program that will help the garden mature in accordance with the design intent.  Your personalized program will be serviced by the same full time staff which includes a degreed horticulturist and/or a seasoned professional.   


Our fine garden and maintenance contracts are created with a two and three man gardener team which means that each client always has the same appointed gardener at each visit at your home.  I have heard it often enough, one never knows when the guest  will stop by for a visit. When we leave your property is ready for the evening social.


Periodic Maintenance- Horticultural Services

Many of our clients have long standing relationships with their "yard guy" but need periodic specialized guidance.  We are happy to step in with a weekly, bi-monthly and monthly visit.



This Evergreen Foundation Planting needs trimming from time to time.

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Peter Atkins would like to be your Landscape Manager.

When you work with Peter Atkins,  I will become your garden advocate. I will be your single contact person who will be your local landscape partner. Having worked in the green industry for over 30 years and seen the growth patterns, problems gardens face and how materials weather, we have the experience to select and advise the best for your landscape, gardens, and your property.  

  • I am a hands-on owner that work closely with our teams daily. This keeps the communications channel with our company simple with direct communication which is consistent and informative. At the conclusion of all work an email is sent to you sharing what was completed that day and what is planned for the next visits. This is also a time to make recommendation, and this keep the communication channel focused on you.

OUR HORTICULTURAL MAINTENANCE SERVICES INCLUDE:

  •   Lawn Mowing and Meadow Cutting
  • Weeding & bed cleanup
  • Pruning of trees, shrubs & perennials
  • Mulch and Compost applications
  • Fall & spring organic fertilization programs
  • Systemic deer protection
  • Winter proofing – burlap windscreens installed
  • Seasonal plantings- bulbs, summer and fall annuals
  • Invasive species removal, prairie & woodland
  • Water garden maintenance (incl. startup & shutdown)
  • Seasonal Epic containers
  • Vegetable gardens, herb and orchards (signature service)

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Landscape Architecture/Designer
  • In house Masonry
  • Fence Installations, Gates and Driveway Entrances
  • Driveway Paving, Aprons and Curbing
  • Specimen Tree Installation
  • Tree Service, Take Down and Plant Health Care Services
  • Complete irrigation
  • Complete Outdoor Lighting 


We do alot of deadheading in this garden.

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PETER ATKINS AND ASSOCIATES., LLC
PETER ATKINS AND ASSOCIATES., LLC

Exemplary Team

  • In addition to its Principals, Peter Atkins and Associates is defined by an exemplary team of locally experienced design professionals, craftsman in stone, wood, timber, steel and water. Our selected and trained horticultural gardeners are always supervised by an accredited horticulturist. Peter Atkins and Associates  maintains the capacity to serve clients in a responsive and responsible manner on projects of every scale.


Collaborative Culture

  • We work as a team with our clients, design collaborators, consultants and in-house colleagues to shape and build noteworthy environments on behalf of our clients in a manner respectful of schedule and budgetary requirements.
Mary Ann Henry
Mary Ann Henry

Mary Ann Henry - Co Owner, * Client Developement * Project Management * Special Events Coordinator * Retired Private Pilot (Non Commericial) "As Client Relations Manager, I consider exceptional communication and quality assurance to be paramount. However small the detail, my goal is to ensure all of our clients are left unconditionally satisfied with their investment in our work.”

JEAN GALLE'

JEAN GALLE' * Landscape Designer * Auto Cad, * Free Hand * Botanical Illustrator

  • Jean’s love of nature started as a child in Ohio. Long walks in the woods looking for wildflowers with her father taught her valuable lessons.
  • The desire to become a professional Landscape designer came when Jean heard about sustainable green roofs and the positive effects for cities and the environment. Jean graduated 1st in her class at Columbia University’s Master’s of Landscape Design.
  • Shortly after she received a Flower Garden Design certificate from New York Botanical Garden.
  • Her gardens designs are unique with the play of line, form and texture with many details – design knowledge gained from her 2 former successful careers – that of a ballet dance and fashion designer. Jean’s designs match the site, keeping the clients desires in mind with infusions of color, year around interest and a bit of surprise and whimsy. Native plants are used when possible and the environment and pollinators are always concerned. Besides designing for Peter, Jean has her own clients in New York City and New Jersey Shore and freelances for other NYC based landscape companies. Peter and I met at the New York Botanical Garden and the rest is history.
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FEES CHARGED.

DESIGN FEES

  • Design costs are a fixed fee. Our fee is based on guidance from the Society of Garden Designers and will vary according to the size and complexity of the project.
  • The itemized cost projection we prepare with your initial design is “rough numbers” based on our many years of construction experience. Actual bidding comes later. These projections are extremely useful as we come to agreement on the scope of your project prior to producing detailed drawings.
  • Once the design work is complete, Peter Atkins will provide you with a fully line by line itemized quote for the construction of your garden which includes a color wheel library and a written warrantee statements for the scope of the project.

MASONRY - Contract price for the job

FENCING - Contract price for the job

GARDENERS - Time/Material or Contracted Cost

These rose bushes are sprayed and deadheaded bi monthly.

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Color Enhancement Plantings.

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Window Boxes did not exists till Peter Suggested and Wow vertical color and character on the gray siding.

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FUSCIA ANNUALS - SPECTACULAR FLOWERS.

FUSCIA ON DECK BEAUTFUL DETAILS IN THESE FLOWERS

Who said impatients had to be the same color. A mixtures as planted here is a strong statement.

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Organge Wax Begions and Lemon Licrorish that cascades makes this a shade winner.

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Transplanting Ferns in a Garden.

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Peter Atkins pruning Ilex Helleri.

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Team Break about Pruning Hedge.

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Selective pruning is the technique we use to maintain the plant's natural form and habit. We typically prune ornamental trees up to 25' in height as well as shrubs.


Pruning of Trees & Shrubs

We use horticulturally-correct pruning techniques in order to maintain the plant’s health and habit. Through selective pruning, we enhance the natural form of ornamental trees and shrubs up to 25’ in height by the use of hand-pruning tools.


Renovational Pruning

Shrubs that are overgrown can often be restored to their proper size and scale in the garden through restorative pruning, as opposed to removing them from their location. Even shrubs that have been frequently sheared to within an inch of their life, can often be brought back to their natural, healthy form.


Topiaries

The art or practice of clipping shrubs into ornamental shapes. This specialized treatment is accomplished by using hand pruners, shears and Japanese scissors. One of the few instances where we use shears.


Espalier

The process of training the branches of a tree or shrub to grow flat against a wall or supported on a lattice. Ideal for those with limited space. Creates an artful/sculptural subject especially in Winter.


JAPANESE GOLD GRASS, PURPLE HEUCERA AND FAIRY ROSES.

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PEONEY GARDEN PLANTED FOR A CLIENT (Hedge is 5 years old)

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WHITE HELIBORUS LENTIL ROSE.

WHITE HELIBORUS LENTIL ROSE

PLANT HEALTH CARE SERVICES.

Plant Health Care Services - Peter Atkins and Associates.,LLC
Accredited NorthEast l Organic Land Care professional. We offer Organic Lawn Care, Tree, Shrub, Roses and Vegetable Organic methods. Safe for your family, pets, watershed and the enviroment.

KIMBERLY WITH HAND LENSE LOOKS FOR APHIDS.

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Peter Akins and Associates Arborist
Peter Akins and Associates Arborist

THERE IS A PROCESS TO GET THESE HYDRANGEAS BLUE AND WE HAVE A PROVEN PROCESS.

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HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT PLANT HEALTH CARE SERVICES FOR YOUR PROPERTY?


WE ALL UNDERSTAND THAT THE LAWN NEEDS FOOD AND REMEDIES TO KEEP IT HEALTHY

BUT

WHAT ABOUT YOUR SHRUBS AND TREES...WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU ACTUALLY GAVE THEM SOME VITAMINS?   WE  HEAR THIS OFTEN,.... MY SHRUBS AND TREES WERE FED WHEN THEY WERE PLANTED IS THAT NOT ENOUGH FOOD FOR THEM?

Slope Garden that we prune on a regular basis.

slope pruning project by Peter Atkins

DOES YOUR LANDSCAPE/GARDEN HAVE A PLANT HEALTH CARE PROGRAM?

  • The practice of plant health care (PHC) involves looking at trees and shrubs as a whole by focusing on developing a healthy landscape. By caring for plants and trees each season, you’ll be able to reap the benefits of a beautiful-looking landscape. The goal of plant health care is to proactively keep your trees and shrubs healthy, so they don’t become victim to some serious problems, such as disease infection and insect infestation.
  • It’s worth investing in plant health care to increase the longevity of your beautifully-kept landscape. Trees and shrubs can make a big difference when it comes to the aesthetics of your home, and they can also increase the value of your property.
  • When looking to start a plant health care program, consult with certified arborists. Plants are like any other living thing. They can become injured when not treated with proper care. This damage can lead to some serious issues down the road. Our team can spot these potential risks and keep your plants healthy and looking good.

Pink Prize Roses on Fence built by Artisans Fence Company.

Pink Delight Roses on Picket Fence by Walpole

Are you ready to schedule a consultation with Peter Atkins?

Peter Atkins in a vegetable Garden we built

We are pleased to offer a  forty five minute face to face no-obligation landscape consultation appointment at your home at absolutely no cost to you. This allows us to understand what you are looking to achieve in your garden, together with the ideas behind your landscaping project and how we can help transform your garden. We then follow this up with a detailed quotation that sets out our methods and the processes we will use, alongside a full breakdown of costs. Additionally, we may highlight these thoughts and ideas with a mood board to show glimpses and inspiration of how your landscape garden could develop.


Why not get in touch today so we can talk to you about transforming your garden in  2021.


We would be delighted to help. Please Email me at PeterAtkinsandAssociates@gmail.com

Home in Greenwich - Maintenance and Beds and Border Annuals.

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AN APRICOT WITH YELLOW THROUT DAY LILY (CLOSEUP).

AN APRICOT DAY LILY WITH YELLOW THROUT

SERVICE AREA

  • Bedford
  • Pound Ridge
  • Scotts Corner
  • Greenwich
  • Stamford
  • New Canaan
  • Darien
  • North Salem
  • Will Travel 


WOW... MOMMY... WOW....

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WORDS FROM OUR HAPPY CLIENTS

When I contacted Peter he was enthusiastic about our smallish project to renovate the circle area of our driveway. In the late winter we met and spoke about the goals. After a careful review he gave us a quote which was reasonable and filled all our desires and more for the project. I would reservedly recommend using him for a landscaping project. In fact there are other areas of our property that we may work on with him in the future. (The actual cost was at the very low end of the approximate cost range.)

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NOT ALL GARDENS ARE  EQUAL

Want to learn more? Contact us about your next project.