In my earliest gardening memories I am burying fish heads in my mother’s garden back in Delaware and marveling at how they’d make it grow. Back then, gardening was more a chore than a passion so when I “grew-up” I moved to New York City to attend the School of Visual Arts, dreaming of being a fine-arts photographer. While in school, I made extra cash watering gardens on the roof-tops of Manhattan and over the years, that watering gig morphed into a full-fledged business. In 2004 I officially founded Jay Gardens and cultivated it into what it has become today: A versatile, eco-green company that specializes in the creation and maintenance of eye-catching flowering gardens and tranquil urban oases. In 2014, I was hired as the Head Gardener at the Voelker Orth Bird Sanctuary and Victorian Gardens Museum in Flushing, Queens where I am in the process of modernizing the overall design of their century-old garden.
I love getting my hands dirty designing and caring for gardens, in the city and in my own garden in Turners Falls, MA (and yes, I still help my mom in her garden).
Of course I still love taking pictures, especially of gardens, landscapes and architecture. My other interests include traditional healthy cooking (based on the research of Dr. Weston A. Price), bird watching, travel and spending time with my partner and two amazing sons.
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Red Hook, Brooklyn
Red Hook is, without a doubt, my favorite NYC neighborhood. Surrounded by water on three sides, and the Gowanus Expressway on the other, Red Hook feels secluded and low-key even though you can see the towering skyscrapers of downtown Manhattan just across the water. It's a friendly neighborhood, where the sea air permeates daily life, and people know each others' names. The day I relocated to an empty lot on Van Brunt St. from a dank garage in Crown Heights was one of the happiest days of my professional life.