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The Making of an Everlasting Garden

We’ve been working around the clock for the past two weeks on a very special urban terrace “garden” that requires no water, fertilizer, or even sun for that matter! To accommodate our client’s request for a “no maintenance” garden, our team implemented a planting scheme comprised of entirely UV-resistant faux vegetation supported by a hidden network of […]

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Fall Edibles: The Common Fig Tree

Until the first frost takes place in mid to late autumn, the sprinkle of golden and red hues can be occasionally interrupted by the final emergence of a select few fall edibles, such as figs, beans, and brussel sprouts. At the garden level of our West Village Co-Op project, our team spotted some of the […]

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Hamptons Rustic Revival

To revitalize the outdoor living potential of a property in the Hamptons, we’ve recently completed the installation of several custom-designed cedar structures, including all-new pool fencing, arbors, and a comfortably-sized pergola, as well as two new stone-top outdoor kitchen stations. For an intentionally aged and rustic appearance, rough sawn knotty cedar wood was used in […]

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Native Plantings for Seasonal Charm & Wetland Habitat Revegetation

For a country home in the Hamptons adjacent to a designated wetland buffer, CDL/S conceived of a native perennial garden that would pass the revegetation requirements of the municipal Conservation Board while offering the homeowner a customized plant color palette with a diverse range of textures, heights and sequential blooms throughout the growing season. Designed […]

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Breaking down the Barriers at the Skyline Arboretum

For our Skyline Arboretum project, with its north and south green roofs flanking opposite ends of the client’s penthouse study, we have broken down the physical and perceptual boundaries to create a seamless indoor-outdoor connection. Prior to the alteration, a defective restroom along the apartment’s north wall severed the possibility of having 180-degree views out to both garden spaces, preventing the […]

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Case Study: Tiny Terraces

The design of relaxing, functional, and comfortable outdoor spaces within tight urban confines can be an arduous task. Clients oftentimes wish to achieve a perfect balance of privacy screening from their neighbors next door or across the street, while still preserving enough open views and sunlight to sustain plant growth and avoid the feeling of […]

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West SoHo’s Green Sculptural Wall

In the heart of West SoHo, a neighborhood surrounded by varying tones of gray and brown, we have installed a vibrant, vertical hanging sculptural green wall as the central feature in the foyer of a new high-rise condominium. Laced with faux Agave, Echeveria, Crassula and Tillandsia, and traversed by curlicued driftwood, this piece not only […]

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A Year in Review: Making Gardens Great Again in 2016

Another eventful year has passed for Christian Duvernois Landscape/Studio! Here, we take a look back at some of the projects and endeavors that our team undertook in the past 12 months. / Beaux-Arts Townhouse Completed earlier last year, the design of the New York rooftop was influenced by the early 20th Century Beaux-Arts architecture of […]

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Moonlighting the Contemplative Garden

The initial phases of the design process, such as site inventory and analysis, are critical components of landscape architecture, and aid in determining elements and environmental conditions that will impact the layout of the landscape. Site patterns, such as shade and sun for example, directly affect the final strategic design solution delivered. On one level, […]

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Design Concept: The Winter Garden

The acclaimed French novelist, Marcel Proust, once wrote of the delights of a winter garden. Nestled within the pages of “In Search of Lost Time”, he describes he describes the narrator peering into the drawing room of Odette de Crécy, (the future Mme Swann), which housed the winter garden, and seeing a plethora of  chrysanthemums, […]

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