• A 2 hour flagging consultation can transform your blank yard into an inviting space!
  • landscape retaining walls gardening on a slope using stones in the garden
    Our landscape designs can tame challenging sites with engineered retaining walls and beautiful natural stone.
  • raised garden beds fenced gardens cedar trellis panels landscape design services
    We design attractive yet practical cedar structures for gardens, focal points, and architectural interest.
  • Latham NY waterfall winter snow landscape design lighting
    Landscape designs that can add a dramatic feature to your landscape such as a waterfall or LED lighting.
  • Software models created from our CAD landscape plans help you visualize the project before any work is started.
  • We can help you bring butterflies and many other beneficial insects into your yard with native plantings.
  • Our scaled plans provide you or your contractor all of the information needed for an efficient installation.
  • Our landscape plans or consultations create dramatic but easy care plantings that bring interest all four seasons.
  • Let us take your wish list and create outdoor rooms the enjoy with your family and friends.

John and Laura Kelly have owned and operated Land Design, Inc. since 2003.  Together they have over 28 years of landscape design and interior design experience.  Let us collaborate with you to create a garden to look at,  a sanctuary to be in, a yard to enjoy with your family.  From simple plantings to multi-year master plans, we’re here to help.

What we do is more similar to a landscape architect’s role rather than a contractor’s or builder’s.  Clients pay us for our time and expertise in helping them create their outdoor spaces, whether it is a simple perennial border 2 hour consultation or a multi-year hardscape master plan installation.

In turn we are your advocates and provide objective, realistic advice fine tuned for your budget and goals.  Since you are paying us for our time we can take that time and create something special and unique to your home or business.

We can provide scaled CAD drawings, plant portfolios, 3D software models, and any other relevant information required for your particular project.

We do charge to visit your home; see our services pages below for all details.

 Please review our services carefully and contact us with any questions you may have.

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We are members of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers , Ecological Landscape Alliance  , and WildOnes.org.  We help our clients create more sustainable landscapes by:

  • Reducing emissions and costs of pruning by using the right plant in the right place.
  • Using native or plants where possible; they consume fewer resources.
  • Building higher quality hardscape outdoor elements that will last and won’t clog our landfills prematurely.
  • Using water wisely by installing drip systems instead of spray systems.
  • Planning our outdoor spaces in advance to save time and money that can be used for the greater good of the community.
  • Partnering with several native plant nurseries to provide native perennials that typically can’t be found for landscape use.

Landscape design is undergoing a revolution and Laura and I would love to help you integrate these new principles into your outdoor rooms, large or small.

The core idea of this concept is designing plantings that look and function more like they do in the wild; more robust, more diverse, and more visually harmonious, with less maintenance. Interestingly enough many of the major designers in this movement are from Europe, where the countries had to rebuild a polluted and ravaged ecosystem.  Now there is a new generation of American designers using these principles daily.

Did you know that plants of all sizes communicate in a healthy ecosystem by beneficial fungi called mycorrhizae? They form an underground “telegraph” system that help plants absorb nutrients when available and actually allow plants to warn their neighbors of insect and disease attack. By mimicking the conditions in nature we can create low maintenance and well performing landscapes. We can add back mycorrhizae to disturbed soils to recreate this amazing system.

Adding even a 4′ x 4′ area of the right plants to your existing landscape can draw in beneficial insects that will eat aphids, spider mites, and leafhoppers, reducing or eliminating insecticide use. Pollinating insects such as butterflies and native bees will also appear and put on a show for your enjoyment.

We are certainly not advocating that everyone plant a meadow or prairie in their yard.  In nature both meadows and prairies have beautiful flowering perennials when young but eventually become 90 % grasses with no flowering plants! A potentially boring outcome in many situations.

But what we can do is to learn from nature and apply these lessons whenever we can where appropriate.

The Lurie Garden in Chicago is a shining example of the New Perennial Movement.

Gardens like this inspire Laura and I to make spaces that are easy to care for but beautiful to look at and be in.

Main Plant Designer of this garden was Piet Oudolf, a renowned Dutch plantsmen who also was integral in the design of New York’s High Line.

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