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WELCOME

Like any home renovation project, tackling your garden can be a bit daunting. From decisions about what paving to choose, to how big your terrace should be, and to choosing the right plants that will thrive. Where do you start?


Creating anything new should be exciting and fun and even more so if you are investing a chunk of your hard-earned cash.  Working with a professional designer may feel a little frivolous but I can honestly say, hand on heart, that it will save you money in the long run.


Over the years I have helped numerous homeowners to transform their gardens into inspiring spaces that they want and love to spend time in.  Your garden should make your heart sing - get the design right and it will have the power to do just that!


People work with me because of my collaborative approach to design and my ability to get the best use out of their garden in a way that is practical but that also resonates with their personal style, the site, and the garden’s surroundings. I am deeply passionate about getting the design right. 


I look forward to working with you!



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PASSIONATE -- COLLBORATIVE--DESIGN.

Peter Atkins has been designing gardens of all shapes and sizes for over a decade, and now manages his team from his home office in Pound Ridge, NY.


If you were building a house or renovations, you would want the work to be carried out by a professional architect. As an integral part of your home, your garden should be no different. A garden designer will consider composition, scale, planting, textures, tones, as well as the art of good design. Many of our clients know what they would like, or the style they would like, but do not know how to achieve this or how it will harmonize with their interiors or surrounding landscape.


Garden designers will be aware of trends and requirements within the industry and have the skill and knowledge to specify the appropriate materials for your landscaping needs; presenting solutions to what you may consider problems. Our horticultural knowledge will assist selecting the right plants, trees and shrubs and they have the right contacts to help make the build cost-effective and ensure a professional finish is executed with advice on the aftercare plans to ensure that your investment has longevity.


Employing a garden designer will inject creativity that you did not think possible, ultimately result in full utilization of your outdoor space whilst adding top value to your property. We create beautiful outdoor spaces, tailored to your dreams and budget. Passion is at the core of everything we do. It runs across every project we work on and through the hearts of the Peter Atkins and Associates Team.


We are dedicated, passionate individuals who collectively offer an outstanding level

of customer service and love to create beautiful outdoor spaces.  Our team have a wide-ranging skill set, efficient administration, co-ordination, strong relationships with industry specialists and an extensive horticultural knowledge. We pride ourselves on being a ‘one-stop-shop’ for the garden design process. Our projects range from the smallest planting plan, to tackling problem areas, redesigning small, town gardens and landscaping large rural estates.


For more information on previous projects please visit all sections of this website as

there is much creative thought and information available at your fingertips. We look forward to working with you shortly.


Please call Peter Atkins to set up first meeting, there is never a fee  for this initial introduction.



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COVID 19 NEWS

I am still working on current and new projects so please do get in touch if you would like to discuss how I may be able to help you.  In line with the current government guidelines, I am conducting face to face meetings outside, but I am also operating using Zoom and other communication tools and can easily adapt to your preferred method of communications.


Our teams are still working, just in small teams and we sanitize all of our tools daily, wear work gloves, masks and drive our own vehicles to the job site.


Peter Atkins had his first shot on 4/1 and with have his second shot on 4/30. The rest of the team is in line to have their shots as appointment become available. Thank you.

We Specialize in Roses, Design and Maintenance.

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JOHN

Norther Westchester, NY

"I am an interior designer, which makes me particular….very particular. When I bought a mid-century home with its clean contemporary lines, I was perplexed as to how to continue this aesthetic into what was an unkempt wilderness.


I got there with Peter Atkins, whose discerning knowledge of plants and fabulous sense of design created the perfect contemporary landscape. Not a day goes by that I don’t thoroughly enjoy Peter' s design. The simplicity of the plant selections and their interesting layout, coupled with the beautiful finish details in steel hardscaping, has formed an elegant foreground to the home’s architecture, uniting the house with its site.


A good designer takes whatever the given conditions are and enhances the outcome by unifying a project into an aesthetic whole. Peter took the home’s contemporary architecture and translated its aesthetic into a complementary (and low-maintenance) landscape. Peter H.  Atkins  is truly a great designer who far exceeded my expectations."

Slice of Paradice Right Out Back Door

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Hand Built Gazabo meets weekend home in woods.

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DESIGN INSPIRATION

I am at my most inspired when I am outside, especially when I have my camera in hand.  Somehow when you look through the lens of a camera you see things in a closer and more intimate way.  It could be the way the light is catching the leaves of a plant or highlighting an interesting pattern or texture on the side of a building or it could just be a beautiful rose with the most perfect blooms.


Finding time to go outside is important to me.  I am so lucky to be living in the most amazing location, on the side of a hill in Pound Ridge where we have the most amazing view to open woods, wetlands, and natural rock outcropping.  It really does make my heart sing!


My biggest joy is walking within nature and showing my clients that nature whether it be through the birds, insects, native plants, perennials and yes annuals and houseplants, nature is remarkable stunning.

Native Wildflowers of Eastern States.

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Woodland Property in Northern Westchester.

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Soft Landscaping | Painting with Plants

Very often, we find that our clients are not necessarily looking to have a completely new garden or landscaping design. Sometimes, the simplicity of a well thought out planting scheme is all it takes to rejuvenate and enhance areas in the existing garden that they have. This is where we can offer our soft landscaping only services.


Our soft landscaping services focus on enhancing areas through beautiful, statement planting. Our team of  horticulturists use their extensive planting knowledge to design and map out exactly what planting will accentuate the areas of the garden that need rejuvenation.

Traditional landscape Entrance.

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Contemporary Landscape off Patio.

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Sustainable Landscaping.

As ecological designers, our focus is to work with nature, not against it. Nurturing balanced ecosystems in our gardens can lessen or eliminate the need to use harmful herbicides, pesticides and excessive amounts of water. Fostering biodiverse habitats invites beneficial insects, which keep garden ‘pests’ in check. By integrating nature into our built environment, we can render landscapes that, over time, require fewer external inputs to thrive.

  • Our designers are skilled in Permaculture, Ecological and Habitat Design. Our projects vary in scale from small patch designs to large, whole property designs. Each project is tailored to the client’s goals along with prioritizing soil health, biodiversity, and the needs of the flora and fauna surrounding the site.
  • Would you like a vegetable and herb garden to use for your cooking? 
  • Would you like to attract song birds to your landscape ?
  • What is your landscape missing that would draw you outside more?

Planting a Tree for the next generation.

Recycle yard waste.

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Rain Water Collected to water pots.

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Raised Vegetable Garden.

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Irregular Stone and Belgium Block Apron.

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Please do not mow the wildflowers?

CONSERVATION WILDLIFE AREA NO MOWING NO CHEMICALS
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NURSERY PLANTINGS.

Team unloading Washington Hawthorns.

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Did you Ask for Boxwood...We know where to find them?

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PLANT NURSERIES

We have a passion for plants. 

  • We hand-select all the plants from family nurseries, landscape supply yards and garden centers throughout the North East. 
  • We will not purchase unhealthy plants just because they are readily available.
  • We purchase both local plants as well as trees, shrubs and specimen nursery stock from both upstate New  York, Long Island and Mid Atlantic Territory. 


We transplant Tree and Shrub the Correct Method.

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Planting Shrubs with Proper hole diameters

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TECHNIQUES

Transplanting Trees/Shrub. Planting Container Plantings

PLANTING A "JANE" MAGNOLIA.

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TRANSPLANTING JAPANESE BLOODGOOD MAPLE.

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Peter Atkins is accredited North East Organic Land Care, New York
Peter Atkins is accredited North East Organic Land Care, New York
Peter Atkins is accredited with NOFA.ORG
Peter Atkins is accredited with NOFA.ORG

KITCHEN VEGETABLE AND HERB GARDENS.

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This is the bounty of crops from a vegetable garden that was designed, planted and maintained since 2010.

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This is a vegetable garden we plant and maintain helping the client with the labor to this garden.

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Master Plan with Vegetable Beds, A formal rose Garden and a new patio off the back of the house.

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Client

Cos Cob, CT

“I really enjoyed the process of collaborating with  Peter Atkins and Jean Galle. The whole process was about sharing a great idea, great information, and design responsibilities. Their professional attitude and capabilities really helped us resolve many urgent and difficult issues. More importantly, the sharing of the process made the collaboration very enjoyable and inspiring. During the construction process, no matter what the material selection or the design details, decisions were all very site specific and practical.  Peter Atkins was with us from the initial meeting and was with us every day the job was built.  I have every reason to believe that Peter Atkins and Associates could turn beautiful ideas into wonderfully built projects.”

POLE CLIP PRUNING ON ARBORVITAE HEDGE IN "Deer Park" GREENWICH, CT.

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TRAINED SHRUB AND TREE PRUNING

  • Peter Atkins supervises all pruning projects. He was taught by master horticulturist at the New York Botanical Garden 25 years ago and now teaches our top gardeners.

 

  • Proper pruning and shaping of ornamental trees, ornamental bushes and shrubs will enhance the beauty and value of your landscape.? Knowing how, what, and when to prune takes knowledge and experience. It is also a necessity to help your ornamental plants grow and thrive. Let us put our experience to work for you to enhance and protect your valuable landscape investment. We offer a tree, shrub and rose pruning service that involves servicing all types of trees, shrubs, and ornamental bushes.


DID YOU KNOW THESE FACTS ABOUT PRUNING?

  • Trees that produce ornamental fruits should be pruned after the fruit drops or before growth begins in early spring. Trees grown for fall and winter foliage color or colorful bark should be pruned early in spring before growth begins. Heavy pruning in late summer should be avoided in general. 

Fine Gardening Sculpture in Rose Garden in home in Pound Rdige, NY

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PERENNIAL BORDER ALONG GRASS COURT FOR FAMILY CROQUET MATCHES.

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HORTICULTURAL MAINTENACE

  • We cater to the unique needs and desires of our clients paying close attention to detail which sets us apart from our competition. It is an honor to work on your property so we treat it with the respect and care that you deserve. Monthly walk-throughs with the client are encouraged to stay apprised of specific needs that arise as the garden progresses through the season. We acknowledge that each garden is unique as is each of us, therefore, we never take a cookie-cutter approach.
  • When we come to your garden for maintenance, we come with a fresh approach. We see a garden as a beautiful opportunity to cultivate nature in a sustainable and elegant way.
  •  At Peter Atkins and Associates we have spent almost two decades implementing permaculture (sustainable gardening) techniques while utilizing modern technologies which support your garden. The Peter Atkins garden team will come to your landscape routinely to take care of your garden.
  • Each garden is a sustainable system with an opportunity to support the greater ecosystem.  Your landscape has an impact on the surrounding ecosystem. Everything you put in your garden affects the groundwater supply, pollinators’ ability to thrive, and the diversity of the plant palette.

 


PICTURES OF INDIVIDUAL ORGANIC LAWNS AND GARDENS IN OUR CARE.

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FOUNDATION PLANTING FOR HOME IN NEW CANAAN, CT.

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NEW DAWN ROSES ON FENCE AROUND POOL IN "Deer Park " GREENWICH, CT.

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GOSH HELP US ALL...WHAT IS HE SPRAYING ON THE LAND...WHAT IS HE DOING TO THE EARTH?

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CHEMICAL BURN....NOT SURE WHAT IS GOING ON BUT IT IS NOT POSTIVE?

CHEMICAL BURN ON A LAWN

Your Lawn Program says "Traditional"

  • Chemical/Traditional/Conventional lawn management programs are generally centered on a synthetic product approach that uses highly water-soluble fertilizers and pesticide control products that continually treat symptoms on an annual basis. It is important to acknowledge that in addition to having adverse effects on human health and the environment it contaminates the water supply and studies have shown health issue with dogs and cat. 

UNDERSTANDING WHY ORGANIC IS NECESSARY.

ORGANIC LAWN VS CHEMICAL LAWN DIAGRAM
PETER ATKINS AND ASSOCIATES IS AN ORGANIC LAND CARE BUSINESS
PETER ATKINS AND ASSOCIATES IS AN ORGANIC LAND CARE BUSINESS
GREEN LAWN SPECIAIST - PETER ATKINS AND ASSOCIATES.,LLC

THIS IS AN ORGANIC TREATED LAWN.

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OUR ORGANIC PROMISE


THE SOLUTION -  Our Lawn Care Program consists of 5 -7 treatments, completed over the course of the season. This program provides the essential nutrients that your lawn needs. Our goal is to grow healthy grass and plants that do not require pesticides, natural or chemical. We use things like Clove Oil to kill grass and weeds, Garlic to discourage insects and Neem Oil to deter lawn grubs.


We think you will like our answers. Give us a call today.

THE LOVE OF GRASS ON THE FEET PLAYING.

PLAYING ON OUR ORGANIC LAWN - PETER ATKINS AND ASSOCIATES., LLC

CHILDREN AND PET SAFE FROM CHEMICALS.

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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

Adding Yellow Cypress makes "space pop". The white vine is fall clematis.

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Pollinator Pathway Garden off Patio.

NARIVE LANDSCAPE OFF BRICK PATIO

Customer Requested The "Wall" be Attrative Always, we used wire, cemented nails and patience to train this vine.

Geometric Wall by Peter Atkins and Associates

Parade of Annuals outside Pool House.

Annuals Beds off Pool House

Native Foundation Planting - No deer fence here.

NATIVE LANDSCAPE IN NEW CANAAN, CT

Peony Garden for Afternoon Tea.

PEONY GARDEN IN GREENWICH, CT

Roberto and Lou,

Masonry Team

I have worked with this company for the last 10+ years. We worked together on several large custom remodeling projects. Not only are they nice people to work with, but they are extremely talented and creative people who turn out one beautiful project after another.

MASONRY TEAM

Pergola with Custom Patio and Outdoor Kitchen.

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Grand Pillars with Supporting Walls....Waiting for gate.

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Granite Steps in the Grass.

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Tread Stairs Break Grade walking through garden.

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Flagstone Set in Creeping Thyme.

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Natural Steps down Rock Garden.

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Staircase with Planting Pockets.

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Native Stone Steps.

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Who says a path must be straight?

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Permanable Pavers for this Custom Driveway.

Driveway courtyard that was installed by Peter Atkins and Associates masons department.

SANDSTONE PATIO WITH BUILT IN SEATS.

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FLAGSTONE PATIO AT THE POOL.

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INTERIOR FIREPLACES, DENS, KITCHENS.

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HARDSCAPE

Hardscape design can help you turn a plain and monotonous space into a delightful and inviting work of art where you will love to spend your time.


Our in house hardscape and landscaping professionals have experience in many different types of patio choices, including pavers, wet and dry laid natural stone, and brick. Patios and decks often include outdoor kitchen, water features, a fire pit, or a fireplace. Retaining walls serve a useful purpose by holding back the earth from certain areas. They can also be a decorative addition to any landscape design. In fact, this type of hardscape construction is sometimes performed simply for aesthetic purposes! Retaining walls can be constructed using several materials, including natural stone, paver, or brick.


Our design team will work closely with you to determine your needs and develop a design you will cherish and enjoy for years to come


Client

Lower Fairfield County

"Peter Atkins has been our gardener and landscape designer since 2010. He is by far the most resourceful, knowledgeable, patient, and hard-working person I have hired to work at my home. Because of his design, plant choices, and maintenance work, our house and gardens are spectacular. I have and will continue to recommend him without hesitation.” 

Ready to meet owner Peter Atkins for a landscape consultation?

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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

PeterAtkinsandAssociates@gmail.com to set a appointment

COASTAL CLIENT PROPERTY ON LONG ISLAND SOUND IN STAMFORD, CT.

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WEEKEN DIARY FARM RETREAT DUTCHES COUNTY, NY

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HUMMING BIRD FEEDING.

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NORTH SALEM, NY.

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GREENWICH, CT.

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BUTTERFLY WEED ON INLET WATERWAY.

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RAIN GARDENS AT CLIENT HOME.

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THE MASONRY WALKWAY.

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