Here are some articles we have been featured in.

Our projects have been featured in the media locally, regionally, nationally and even internationally. Here are a few of our favorites.  More local articles are towards the top, International articles in Russian, Swedish, French and German are towards the bottom of the page.


7 Common Landscaping Fails

Connecticut Magazine

Spring can be harsh—the lawn isn’t green enough, the flowerbeds not pretty enough and the foliage not abundant enough to mask the mistakes we’ve made over the years. What’s the No. 1 landscaping blunder homeowners make? “Choosing the wrong plants for sun, shade or soil conditions,” says Linda Tasko, landscape architect at The Garden Barn in Vernon. Being shortsighted is a close second. Many of our miscues simply come from not understanding the basic rules of landscape design (balance, proportion and scale, among them). Sometimes it’s the hardscape that cries out for a do-over. While we know there’s no substitute for consulting a pro with a good eye and a deep knowledge of horticulture, we asked experts around the state to identify some of the most common landscaping slipups they see—and the best ways to remedy them.


Connecticut Warmth

East Coast Home + Design

It’s quiet up here in the northwest corner of Connecticut. Rolling hills and verdant pastures mark the countryside while meandering rivers spill into crystal lakes providing habitat for fish and native foul. A quaint little hamlet, Kent, Connecticut, has become a destination town of sorts, with visitors flocking to take advantage of its natural beauty as well as its wealth of arts and antique shops, fine restaurants, beautiful homes, and historic wonders. It’s outside this sleepy town that we find this welcoming home.

wildflower meadow Kent CT

Best in Class: Magical Gardens

Irish Times

Our wildflower meadow was featured in the Irish Times


Schipul's Paradise Found

Litchfield County Times

Richard Schipul’s job, one might say, is to bestow upon his clients the gift of beauty. “I think what I do is giving more pride in home ownership to my customers.” the 47-year-old New Milford resident and owner of Designing Eden said recenly as he sat in his home on a 10-acre farm in the rural Merryall section of town. “I want them to enjoy their homes, and I believe they can do that more by having beautiful gardens and landscaping. I know they feel this way after our work is done because I hear from them and we exchange Christmas cards with many of our clients.”


12 Gardens That Are Pure Visual Delights


Lovely to look at, delightful to behold, these gardens are designed with the sole purpose of being a treat for the eyes.

Today we are encouraged to make the most of our gardens and outside spaces no matter how small they are. They need to serve a purpose and become an extension of our living space. The uses of this space can be endless — dining, relaxing, playing, growing food and even working — but it hasn’t always been so.


10 deer resistant native flowers to plant this fall.


There are native lupines to be found in every corner of the country, most of which bear long stalks of blue or purple flowers. They come in a wide variety of other colors, but be aware that many of the lupines in nurseries are non-native hybrids. The true native lupines vary considerably in size, from 6-inch annuals to 4-foot shrubs.

In the East, try wild lupine (L. perennis, zones 2 to 10), a 2-foot-tall perennial. In the West, try yellow bush lupine (L. arboreus, zones 7 to 10), a 4-foot shrub-type lupine with yellow flowers. The California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC) warns against planting L. arboreus outside its native range, which is Sonoma County south, as it can become invasive in coastal dunes of Northern California.


AN 1850's Barn Lifted, Given New Role

Litchfield County Times

Someone told Richard Schipul that the 900-square-foot barn on his property along West Meetinghouse Road had once been used for tobacco. How a few cattle and horse stalls figured in, he wasn’t sure, but one certainty threatened whatever history was waiting to be uncovered: The stone foundation was caving in.


Garden Color: How to Landscape With Purple


Abloom with just violets and plums or with energetic contrasting accents, a garden swathed in purple is a sight to behold

Purple can be used to help create a desirable mood in the garden — from peaceful to romantic to inspiring. In color theory purple traditionally indicates knowledge, self-respect, spirituality, dignity and wealth. In the landscape it promotes feelings of inner calm and self-worth, providing a sense of refuge. It also is considered useful for creative inspiration and insight. If you feel drawn to violet, lavender, plums and deep purples, here are five tips for adding this hue to your yard.


Top 75 Landscape Design Blogs for Landscape Designers

Designing Eden llc

Designing Eden LLC from New Milford was recently honored by Feedspot, being listed in their list of the most influential landscape design blogs on the world wide web, coming in at number 42.

Blending nature with residential living

Blending Nature with Residential Living


KENT — The beautiful countryside, babbling brooks and rolling hills of this quaint New England town were incorporated into the design of a home recently completed on picturesque property overlooking Kent Falls.

Joeb Moore, a renowned Greenwich architect who designed the home, is being honored with a 2015 award from the American Institute of Architectsfor the work.

“This connection between the architecture and the surrounding landscape is really the core idea and was an essential part of the project,” said Moore, founder of Greenwich-based Joeb Moore & Partners Architects. “The idea was to build a living and dining space that also has a symmetrical outdoor space directly related to the meadow and sloping hillside. That is something the owner and client were very interested in.”


'It's amazing' to witness fall foliage in this area

New Milford Spectrum

Living in New England, we are a lucky bunch.

No, not because of the rapid and drastic changes in temperatures that drive people who work outdoors crazy.

Every fall New England takes center stage as one of the best places, if not the best place, to witness fall foliage worldwide.

The reason for that is we happen to live in a climate, with the proper tree species needed, to experience an amazing transformation from green to magnificent shades of yellow, orange, red and purple.

Did you ever wonder why trees change colors in the fall?


How to Create Your Own Wildflower Meadow

American Meadows

One of the best things about wildflowers is how easy they are to grow! We’ve outlined our easy planting steps for you and if you’re looking for more in-depth instructions on soil preparation, when to plant and more, please read our article below. You can also chat about wildflowers with the Seed Man at any time by going to our Wildflower Pages!


Offers thanks for help with Rotary park

New Milford Spectrum

To the Editor:

The Rotary Club of New Milford has planted the Rotary wheel sign, the symbol of Rotary International, as the centerpiece of its new Rotary Park at the intersection of Bridge Street and routes 67 and 202.

The park symbolizes the club’s commitment to the community of New Milford.

The idea for the park originated with Frank Wargo, who saw this land as a “gateway to New Milford,” which could be a beautification project for the club.

We wish to acknowledge the many people who helped make this project possible.

The Rotary sign was donated by Frank Wargo.

Richard Schipul of Designing Eden has generously donated his services to design a plan for the placement of the sign and the design for landscaped beds for the park.


Improper staking will weaken the tree

New Milford Spectrum

Staking newly installed trees is a fairly common practice.

Most landscapers have a special note or diagram showing a detail of a planted tree.

Those details, without fail, always show the tree with two or three guy-wires around the stem.

Those wires are supported to the ground by wood stakes.

I’m guessing every designer has cut and pasted that detail from a previous employer until it has infiltrated every design studio from here to Bangladesh.

When I was studying landscape architecture, a professor came around my second year and gave everyone a copy of that same detail, which for years we used and used and used again on every design project.

The question is why?

Black-Eyed Susans, Kent, CT

How To Grow a Modern Pollinator Garden


Plant for year-round food for bees and year-round beauty for your home. Bee gardens should provide food all year, not just at the height of spring and summer. Although honeybees can store large amounts of honey and pollen as food to sustain them through the winter, other bees and pollinators, like ladybugs and butterflies, can’t.

Notice the simple palette of flowers in this meadow, which gives the garden a cohesive, clean design. These giant drifts of flowers with clear swaths are a beautiful backdrop to the clean lines of the contemporary home in the background. Early in the year, these lupines and daisies are a rich food source for pollinators and beneficial bugs.


Earthworms 'provide a better environment' for lawns

New Milford Spectrum

What would you say to free garden help?

Someone who would be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help aerate, fertilize, rototill and do other necessary work?

How would you feel if I told you that you might already have that helper?

Earthworms have the potential to do more to maintain a beautiful property than you could ever imagine.

Studies have shown soil is the most important ingredient to a garden’s success. Why?

Ninety percent of a plant’s problems occur below ground. Without good soil, you won’t have a garden for long.

With healthy soil, a plant will be able to better resist insects and diseases, will be less dependent on fertilizer and look better in the long run.

Let’s look at these below-ground creatures to understand what they are doing to provide a better environment for our plants and lawns.

Richard Schipul

Nothing serious should have occurred due to mild winter

New Milford Spectrum

Due to the unusually warm winter, many clients and friends have asked what effects this past winter will have on plants and gardens.

Here is my prediction for the upcoming gardening season.

You would think a warm winter would be good for plants? Just as extremely cold weather can wreak havoc on plants, so can an abnormally warm winter, especially during a winter with little precipitation.

Plants of all types were thoroughly confused this winter, from the cherry tree I saw blossoming in February to the daffodils flowering at a time when they are usually in their mid-winter slumber.

The good news is nothing serious should have occurred to affect the long-term health of your plants.

The bad news is spring flower displays shouldn’t be as showy as they typically are.

Some plants are well ahead of schedule while others are still running on their normal schedule despite the weather.

It’s hard to imagine, but some studies on plants have shown some species have their own internal calendars.


A Pleasing Entry

Total Landscape Care

This home was built on old pasture land and the owners asked Designing Eden llc to create an aesthetically pleasing entry to the front door, that would soften the architecture with multi seasonal interest while incorporating natural boulders.

april 2007

New Home Receives Polished Look

Total Landscape Care

Landscaping objectives for this new home included saving an existing oak tree, relocating the driveway and providing as much open lawn area as possible for the children to play. A 6-foot-wide bluestone walkway with a native fieldstone seating wall frames the entrance to the garden. Foundation plantings are simple yet elegant – consisting of mostly American Boxwoodand Vinca. A Fothergilla gardenli was incorporated as a focal point at the garden’s entrance, and Yoshino cherries line the road adding colorful accesnts in the spring and fall. Sod and an irrigation system completed the project.

Landscaped entrance

Designing Eden llc Named To Top Houzz Pages For Landscape Design Inspiration

Top Houzz Pages for Landscape Design Inspiration

Designing Eden LLC is pleased to announce that it has been named as one of the top HOUZZ pages for landscape design inspiration!

HOUZZ is a leading website for home landscape design and remodeling inspiration. Hundreds of thousands of contractors, architects, interior designers, and exterior remodelers have created profiles on the website. These talented artisans showcase their best work on their Houzz profile and the results are truly jaw-dropping.

Winning pages were judged on on innovation, past projects, originality, high-res photos, reviews, and more..

Floral Landscape Design

June - What you can do in the garden this month. (in Swedish)


June is the highlight of the year for many in Sweden. It is a hive of activity; even the month begins with with leafy carts, and it continues right to the end with dancing around the maypole at midsummer. Hope you have time in the garden between the festivities!

Granite Stepping stones

Create and plant a stone garden. (in German)


How expensive is the care of a stone?
Anyone who is interested in the art of stone today, often promises a clean surface. But as many as he can imagine, a steely is not. At the natural site, the special conditions ensure that only certain plants settle – and not so-called weeds. A fleece in the ground can also prevent the rootworm spreading or seeds of unwanted plants present in the soil. Tree seedlings or the surrounding weeds can nevertheless provide powerful anger and high maintenance, as the plant species are hardly able to compete with each other. In addition, the low specialty trees often require that one is well-versed in order to distinguish the wanted ones from the unwanted plants.

Native landscape

Should you plant perennials or annuals. (in Russian)


Did you know that the center of the flower bed is best planted with the same type of plants, and the edge and borders are different? What to prefer – annual or perennial flowers? We explain the principles of using perennials and annuals in the garden, assess their pros and cons, and also understand what will have to be accepted when selecting plants of a certain type.

polant combination for a shade garden

Primroses point their petals in winter. (in French)


The primroses invade the displays of florists and garden centers from November to February and can cover the soil of the woods throughout the winter while nature is asleep. The varieties of primroses are numerous and are distinguished by their colors, their forms and zones of predilection (at the foot of the trees, the edge of the pools …). They are very accommodating, especially for beginner gardeners: perennials, even if they do not live very long, they are satisfied with a neutral soil and are easily recovered. It is easy to divide the large old tufts, to transplant them and to transplant the small offspring, why not in pots.

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