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WHEN DESIGNING OUTDOOR PROJECTS, WE FIND IT'S EASIER TO WORK WITH NATURE THAN AGAINST IT. "We merge an ecological perspective with the artistic sensiblity in the design, restoration and management of diverse landscapes and gardens."

Client

NORTHERN WESTCHESTER

"Peter Atkins and his talented design team completely changed our outdoor living space transforming it from a nearly useless back yard, to a place I can't even describe other than amazing!!  Peter Atkins had a vision and it started with an edible garden, to a perennial garden, stone walls, lawn steps and a new entire driveway entrance complete with an ornamental orchard.   Peter Atkins and Associates responded quickly and came out to quote right away. From start to finish, 100% awesome".

SERVICES PETER ATKINS AND ASSOCIATES OFFERS

LANDSDCAPE PLAN FOR A POOL PROJECT.

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CUSTOM VEGETABLE GARDEN.

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FOUNDATION PLAN.

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LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE DESIGN



  • We design extraordinary outdoor experiences and offer consulting services to our clients to help them discover the unseen potential of their outdoor spaces. As a design firm, we work closely with our construction team and our inhouse maintenance teams to provide you a seamless experience throughout the entire project.  We have found that establishing a strong relationship upfront ensures greater client satisfaction. We achieve this by listening and building trust through extensive due diligence that results in accurate cost estimates that saves you time and money. Clients choose to work with us because of our deep industry knowledge and our passion for innovative design solutions.


  • We begin with a meeting on the project site to discuss the vision, key objectives, stylistic preferences, and lifestyle. This is also where we will review budget and timelines expectations. Following the meeting we send out a detailed Scope Summary specific to the  project.


  • Once we are hired for the project, we then request a topographic survey that locates key elements and features, and we will outline the next steps in our contract.



IN GROUND VEGETABLE GARDEN ON ESTATE IN GREENWICH, CT

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EDIBLE GARDENING TEAM

With a passion for growing food and deep expertise in the fields of argoecology, sustainable agriculture, horticulture, and the farm to table industry, our edibles gardeners are experts at growing, handling, and harvesting vegetables, fruits, and herbs.

HARVEST TO TABLE VEGETABLE GARDENS


  •  Peter Atkins and Associates provides the joy without the toil. We offer full-service maintenance & harvesting services and garden coaching – essentially whatever it takes to create a beautiful, edible garden for you.


  • Peter Atkins and Associates Harvest to Home is all about relationships. Our staff meets weekly and collaborates to not only meet your expectations but also to exceed them.


  • We also use cutting edge software to keep updated on the needs of our clients and their gardens, provide efficient service, and regular communication. All of this helps to keep our team dynamic and passionate about  providing the absolute best garden experiences for you.

Vegetable Garden Behind the Garage in Bedford

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Vegetable Garden to Pam love Scott in North Salem.

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SuburanVegetable Garden -Westchester

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Vegitarian Garden in Pound Ridge - 9 beds.

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Coastal Vegetable Garden in Rye

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Our First Vegetable Garden Built in Greenwich

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Drawing done for Client for Garden.

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Seeds planted in rows to grow.

Garden Bed with Planted Seeds - Proper spacing

Traditional Vegetaboe Garden. We use straw to keep weeds down and not disturb soil beneath with compaction.

OLD FASHIONED VEGETABLE GARDEN

Harvest from our Garden on Day

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Children Garden in Greenwich with Scare Crow from School Project.

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Alice Watering her own garden. She planted sunflowers seeds she started in a dixie cup from school.

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"Teaching children about growing food should be seen as one of the most important events in their lives." Thomas Berry


  • Peter Atkins and Associates., LLC creates beautiful and productive organic edible gardens. Since 2010, we have built numerous vegetable gardens.  We construct unique, interactive outdoor spaces tailored to meet each client’s needs. Our team engages in your project from start to finish, and offers a full line of services Our design process focuses on complimenting the existing landscape and architecture. We grow an extensive variety of organic vegetables, herbs, fruits, and edible and cut flowers, all proven to thrive in Westchester and Fairfield county.  


  • We work with clients of all experience levels – whether we handle every detail “hands-on” from planting through harvest, or we work side by side as guides throughout the season. Our approach is rooted in the idea that anyone, anywhere, can grow Planting, Maintenance and Teaching.


  • When it is time to plant, clients may participate and learn, watch, or leave the digging entirely up to us. Our growing season runs April through November. Adding a cold frame or greenhouse allows us to grow all year round.


  • Our team is also available for regular garden maintenance visits.


Please contact Peter Atkins for more information.

Old World Ground Vegetable Garden.

Traditional Vegetable Garden. Straw is used on the path not to compact  the paths from traffic.  The marigolds help reduce insects activity as a smell that bad insects do not like. Corn, squash, Tomat

Patio Vegetable/Herb Garden with Table and Chairs.

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Vegetable Gardens with New Dawn Roses.

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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

Rose Gardens with Sun dial

ROSES FOR THE GARDEN

Peter Atkins has been designing rose gardens for twenty years. We have become knowledgeable and have proven methods to produce spectacular gardens for both bush, stem and climbing roses. We offer complete maintenance.

English Boxwoods, Hybrid Tea and Floribunda Roses.

Arched Roses Arbors Welcome Friends to the Garden.

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Hydrangea (white) with lemon lantana that cascades.

EPIC OUTDOOR CONTAIMERS ON REAR PORCH

The theme on this patio was Purple...what do you think ?

PURPLE PETUNIAS WITH SILVER ALYSUM

Collection of small pots that were done for a Minature Horticultural Class in Greenwich, CT brought home to enjoy

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Epic Outdoor Planter and Window Boxes

  • My container gardens are never just a “plant in a pot”. They are thoughtfully orchestrated combinations of plants, textures, color, and form. We select the best plants for your location based upon your vision and our experience. When combined with decorative planters the outcome is eye catching and memorable. All we need is a few minutes of your time to discuss your ideas, colors, style, and container choices.


  • We will offer you a line by line estimate for the entire job.


  • My container garden will make a major impact by beautifying entrance ways, patios, walkways, decks, tennis courts, pool houses, garage, gated entrances, garden rooms, balconies, and window boxes.


  • We can do everything in sun, shade, and low light.


  • Jobs are proposed on a fixed price rate for entire job. All outdoor containers include our superior maintenance services and professional expertise. From the day your garden is planted it will require upkeep to keep it lush, watered, and flowering nonstop!
Holiday Planters at Front Door

Holiday Planters in Greenwich

Elephant Ear Planters at Front Door

Elephant Ears Planters

Epic Outdoor Planters by Peter Atkins

Sometimes the Pots must match

Epic Planters by Peter Atkins

Terrace Patio with Pots in Rye

Summer Pots for a Barbecue Party

Summer Pots for a Barbecue Outing

Has anyone scene the Easter Bunny

Has anyone scene the Easter Bunny?

GARDENERS MAINTAINING POTS AT A CLIENT.

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THE FASCINATION OF SEDUMS

(Rock Gardens, Stone Wall Cervi's, Planters and Ground Cover)

Sodium Plant Art...Go for it ... that what we did?

Client

Greenwich, CT

"We have used  Peter Atkins and Associates Landscaping several times on our property...Every time the experience has been outstanding! Every step is pleasant and easy. The design team takes the time to listen to exactly what we are want and provides an excellent plan. When the work gets started, the workers are completely professional, skilled, tidy and efficient. The end result is always beyond our expectations. We will continue to use Peter Atkins and tell anyone who will listen to use them for their landscaping needs".

NATIVE PLANTS THAT NATURE NEEDS TO SURVIVE.

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WHAT ARE POLLINATORS?


  • "Without pollinators, we cannot feed ourselves. Pollinators fertilize the plants in our yards and parks but also on our farms and orchards. Imported European honeybees are the ones we think of most often, but there are over 349 species of bees native to Connecticut and 416 species native to New York, and they play a vital role in pollinating the plants we rely on in our communities. Pollinator populations are in sharp decline because of pesticide use and loss of habitat. Bee populations, both native and honeybees, have seen sharp declines. Monarch butterflies have declined by 94.6% in the last 20 years, according to the US Wildlife Federation. A recent German study shows a 75% decline in all flying insects in the last 25 years.  The threat to pollinators is a threat to us!


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MONARC BUTTERFLY ON MILKWEED PLANT

MONARC BUTTERFLY ON WILK WEED (INDANGERED PLANT  SPECIES)

POLLINATOR PATHEWAY PROJECT

WHAT IS THREATENING OUR POLLINATORS?

• widespread application of pesticides and other chemicals

on lawns and landscaped plantings and in agriculture

• climate changes that lead to lack of larval host plants

• loss of food and shelter sources as natural environments

becoming increasingly fragmented through urbanization and suburbanization



The Pollinator Project

WHAT IS A POLLINATOR PATHWAY?

  • This Pollinator Pathway project is organized by volunteers from town conservation organizations (listed on each town's page) working together to establish pollinator-friendly habitat and food sources for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinating insects and wildlife along a series of continuous corridors.  Most native bees have a range of about 750 meters, so the goal is to connect properties that are no farther apart than that. 


  • This project began in 2017 in Wilton, CT. Since then, pathways have been established in over 85 towns in CT and NY and the list keeps growing. Because the Pollinator Pathway “de-fragments” the environment, it benefits our ecosystem. Our landscape has been chopped up, or fragmented, through urban- and suburbanization. The problem is, we can no longer support sustainable populations of wildlife in our isolated parks and preserves alone, as Dr. Doug Tallamy, University of Delaware entomologist, argues so eloquently in his book Bringing Nature Home. 


  • Luckily, there is a solution. If we begin to manage our own yards organically and with native plantings, we can use them to connect parks and preserves, creating crucial corridors for wildlife. That is the idea behind the Pollinator Pathway.



Large Waves of a single Perennial is the best approach.

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Miscanthus Grass in the sunlight off the pool lawn.

Ornamental Grass Garden by Peter Atkins

Blue Salvia, Blue Fescue Grass Garden.

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NATIVE PLANTS INTRO

  • Native plants are a vital component of the ecosystems of the northeast. These ecosystems include plants, animals, insects, fungi, and microbes. When one component of an ecosystem is in decline, the entire ecosystem is threatened. Our native plants provide shelter, food, and breeding sites for our native mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects. Once abundant throughout the northeast, many native species are now increasingly hard to find in the wild. Loss of habitat due to development, and the explosion in deer population since the 1930s are both major factors in the decline of our native plant species. To some degree, birds and animals have had to turn to alternate sources of food and many populations have declined - some drastically.


  • Another consequence of decreased diversity and abundance of our native plants is that the door is left open to opportunistic invasive plants, now transported around the world more easily than ever. Invading plants often take over precious habitat and our compete native species due to lack of native predators. Disturbed sites are especially prone to colonization by invasive weeds.


  • One of the best things we can do for the health of our entire local environment is to increase the population of native plants, while trying to eliminate invasive species. Each native plant is associated with a particular group of animals which make use of it for food, shelter, or breeding. The best approach is to attempt to establish a diversity of plants which will attract a diversity of wildlife.



Meadow on Property that raises dairy cows in Salt Point, NY (Dutches County)

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Close Up to Meadow

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Wild Flower Meadow in North Salem.

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Blue Stem Grasses in North Salem on Horse Farm

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Meadow (2 acres) in North Greenwich, CT

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Wildflowers and Meadows - Part of our Ecology

Since the early 1930’s we have lost 97% of our wildflower meadows to development or intensive farming techniques, therefore these types of habitats are now one of the rarest within the United States.


Just like garden design, wildflower meadows need thought, planning and some elements of design even at the basic level. The bulbs, wildflowers and grasses may be enhanced with fruit trees, pathways, a summer house or even a pond to heighten the tranquility these beautiful ecological meadows bring to our environment. Wildflower Meadows are hugely important for our ecology because they attract flora and fauna that is normally unable to thrive in other conditions, especially in large open and sunny areas where most meadows will form. Creating a wildflower meadow is never an easy task, requiring thought and careful planning to ensure you have the right species for the right soil conditions. However, no matter your aspect we can create a wildflower meadow that will support your own piece of tranquility and help our much-needed

ecosystem thrive for our wildlife.

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Meadow Meets Tranquil Pool.

Pool in a meadow setting

CUSTOM POOLS

We specialize in swimming pool designs.  We start with a landscape master plan that integrates your new swimming pool  with the many other aspects of the landscaping, such as: walkaway, patios, walls, plantings, privacy, grading, drainage and outdoor lighting.  Further, we provide exciting ideas to make your swimming pool unique to your property footprint. We work with many high end pool contractors.

Infitite Pool in North Salem, NY. Property

Infinite Pool in North Salem

Pool in the Finger Lakes, NY

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Pool in Chappaqua, NY.

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Ridgefield, CT

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Pool in Armonk, NY.

This pool exists in Upper Westchester County. We maintain the property and yes we planted the plantings but we did not build this pool. Peter Atkins and Associates.,LLC

Ponds, Bogs, Streams and fish.

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DECORATING FOR HOLIDAYS

Let us make your holidays sparkle. Sure, you could break out the shaky ladder, clamber up onto your roof and spend a weekend untangling 100 strings of holiday lights. But why? Let us do the work. You sit back with some peppermint cocoa and enjoy the twinkling display. At Peter Atkins and Associates Landscape, we can outline your roof, gingerbread house style, or custom wrap your forest of spruce trees in glittery lights.


We provide everything. We want to be sure you have the highest quality holiday lighting, from bulbs to cords to connectors. If a bulb does blink out, we will be over within 24 hours to take care of it. (We're faster than Rudolph.) When you are ready, we will be there to take it all down and store it for next year. We like showing off a little. 


We would love to hear from you.

Christmas Decoration in Deer Park Association in Greenwich, CT

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Did someone say they wanted bright lights?

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Home Decorating Trees

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Signature Item our Mailbox Decorated

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How many Poinsetta would you like?

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Team effort decorating a 16ft Norway Spruce

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North - Greenwich, CT.

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INVASIVE PLANTS ARE SHOWING UP

BUCKTHORN Rhamnus cathartica

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COMMON REED - Phragmites australis

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BITTERSWEET -Celastrus orbiculatus

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GARLIC MUSTARD - Alliaria petiolata

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JAP. KNOTWEED - Fallopia japonica

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LOOSESTRIFE -Lythrum salicaria

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INVASIVE PLANTS

  • Defined as non-native species that are likely to cause harm to wildlife or an environment, invasive plants sometimes have an appealing look, thanks to flowers or colorful leaves. But according to the U.S. Forest Service, they can get ugly when it comes to their impact on a landscape. Invasive species can degrade wildlife habitat, negatively affect water quality, increase soil erosion, block out other plants and compete with native species for soil nutrients and sunlight. That is a big price to pay for a few flowers.


  • Sometimes you can spot invasive plants easily because, well, they tend to invade — taking over a garden quickly and becoming challenging to control. Others are more subtle in their attack.

      

  • Invasive plant species are more than just weeds. They can be any living organism, according to the National Wildlife Federation, that is non-native and causes harm to the environment, human health, and the economy. In the landscape, invasive plants can be alleopathic, meaning they release biochemicals as a defense mechanism, which inhibit seed germination and seedling growth of other plants.

     

  • Invasive have few natural predators. They often crowd out natives with their prolific  growth. They also disrupt ecosystem food chains; native animals and other organisms evolved along with their plant food sources. 

       

  • Invasive plants tend to be fast growing species found throughout abandoned  landscapes along stream banks, and neglected gardens. These plants are effective in occupying areas otherwise controlled by our native species. As the range of non-native, invasive species expands they displace our native species and can have a profound effect on insect populations which have evolved and adapted to our native plant communities. Removing invasive species from our landscape is a very important effort.


SOLUTIONS:

The process that Peter Atkins and Associates uses to eradicate invasive species includes: 

  • Invasive species management is site-specific, and treatments vary depending on the species, area size, and surrounding ecosystem.
  • Pulling the Plant from the Root by Hand. There are special tools that allow us to do this without disturbing the soil and the plant communities. This easiest is done after it rains.        
  • Organic weed wicking with (OMRI approved) herbicides. These products do not persist in the environment like synthetic equivalents or chemical imputes. ·        
  • Mechanical removal. ·        
  • Replanting with a site- and soil-appropriate native planting post-removal. We do not leave exposed bare soil since it can lead to erosion and new colonies of invasive plants.      
  • Mulching to suppress weed growth.


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Are you ready to have a landscape consultation with Peter Atkins?

  • 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.

Client

NEW CANAAN, CT

"Responsive, Efficient and Loyal Great company. We have Peter Atkins  and his team Selvin and Jose do our Christmas lights every year now. Very professional".

My Mothers Perennial Garden where my career started in Bedford, NY.

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