The 2015 NYC&G Innovation in Design Awards Winners: Garden Design

Fountain garden surrounded by perennials in this 117-acre garden designed by Janice Parker Landscape Architects. A 117-acre garden designed by Janice Parker Landscape Architects was the winner of the Garden Design category at the 2015 NYC&G Innovation in Design Awards.

WINNER: Janice Parker Landscape Architects
This 117-acre property in the Hudson Valley had been everything from a farm to a nursing home to a camp. Janice Parker’s goal was to transform multiple sites into one parcel for a private residence, the owner of which is a dedicated gardener. In addition to preserving views and installing a 50-foot infinity pool, she created an outdoor room defined by boxwood hedges and planted a rear fountain garden with perennials. Judge Alan Tanksley raves about the project’s “traditional luxury.” 

The infinity pool of this Bedford Hills property designed by Glen Gate Company is surrounded by bluestone slabs.

RUNNER-UP: Glen Gate Company
The moment the owners saw this Bedford Hills home and property, they envisioned an infinity pool, preparations for which began with the removal of a line of trees, thereby opening up views to an expansive valley beyond. The chief building blocks are hand-hewn bluestone slabs, whose forms and colors are further enhanced by minimal plantings around the pool itself. 

John Conte of Conte & Conte created outdoor rooms defined by walled hedges on this Armonk property.

FINALIST: Conte & Conte
When landscape architect John Conte toured this Armonk property, he was confronted with a blank lawn, something that seemed anathema to the early-20th-century estate overlooking Long Island Sound. Known as the Ledges and Soundview Manor, it featured everything a major European-style spread should have, except a formal garden. Accordingly, Conte created outdoor rooms defined by walled hedges, formal axes, and a sunken rose garden with custom-made wrought-iron arches. 

Barry Goralnick hung a 12-foot mirror to visually extend this Upper West Side garden.

FINALIST: Barry Goralnick
Even the owner of this private garden on the Upper West Side—a best-selling author—couldn’t have written a happier ending. To create what judge Shawn Henderson describes as a “calm and balanced space,” Barry Goralnick removed old wood decking and pavers and constructed a teak wall around the garden in the center, hanging a 12-foot mirror to extend the area visually while concealing heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning units.

Sean Jancski Landscape Architects positioned the pool of this Rye residence off-center to preserve the view of Long Island Sound.

FINALIST: Sean Jancski Landscape Architects
The owners of this residence in Rye envisioned a place with unimpeded views of Long Island Sound and a backyard and pool as livable as the rooms within. Working in consort with Keller/Eaton Architects, landscape architects from Sean Jancski made expert use of the relatively flat coastal site, positioning the rectangular pool off-center to preserve the views and configuring a dense grouping of outdoor furniture off to another side. 

A version of this article appeared in the October 2015 issue of New York Cottages & Gardens with the headline: 2015 NYC&G Innovation in Design Awards Winners: Garden Design.