New! Seasonal Horticultural Consultations

Garden Artistry is now providing a seasonal consultation service to keep your landscape "tuned-up" and in top form.

I come to your site three times a year (in the Spring, in early to mid Summer, and in the Fall) to examine and review your garden beds. The goal is to detect problems early, and to provide solutions.

For example, in the Spring, it's a great time to re-examine your beds to determine the need for plant replacements due to age or winter damage. It's also a time to discuss division and re-location of perennials. In the Summer, a visit can be geared towards figuring out how to extend garden color via a succession of bloom times, or to solve specific disease/insect problems. In the Fall, issues of garden clean up, 4 season design, perennial division and new bed expansion might be covered.

Contact me today to establish this valuable service for your home or business landscape.

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New! Garden Tutoring

Now you can also engage me in a program of personalized one-on-one, hands-on training, ranging from perennial care (preparing beds, selection, planting, dead-heading, dividing, etc.) and shrub care (pruning, fertilization, etc.) to hardscape design and storm water management.

Or perhaps you're interested in discussing the structure and layout of your garden? Maybe you'd like tutorials covering topics such as landscape design theory and history?

Contact me so that we can discuss your needs and formulate a personalized training program to fit.

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Index of Published Articles

The following articles have appeared in the Hudson Independent newspaper:
Gardening Basics 101 - Part1 - April 2007
Gardening Basics 101 - Part2 - May 2007
Gardening Basics 101 - Part3 - June 2007
Fall Gardening Primer - Sept 2007
Four Seasons Gardening - March 2008
DIY Home Landscape Design - April 2008
Deterring Deer to Save Your Plants - June 2008
The New American Landscape Design - July 2008
Putting the Garden to Bed in the Fall - scheduled for Nov 2008
Oh, Dear, Oh Deer - April 2009
Eco-friendly Gardening - June 2009

This landscape design history appeared in Spring 2007 issue of "The Roost", the quarterly publication of the Irvington Historical Society:
The Gardens of Paradise - large file (7.8M) due to images.

Here is a feature article about me, my artwork and my landscape design work which appeared in the June 30,2006 issue of The Rivertown Enterprise:
Mark Gilliland - Spotlight on the Arts - June 30 2006

All article titles are linked to PDF versions for download and viewing.

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Lectures and Articles on Landscape Design & Horticultural Topics

I am available to write for publication horticultural and landscape design related articles on a wide range of topics. A sample of my previously published articles are posted above. Please contact me to discuss your editorial needs.

I am also associated with the Westchester County Cornell Cooperative Extension's Master Gardener Speaker's Bureau. I have several lecture topics currently available through this program including ones on Rain Gardens, Stormwater Management and Deer Protection. The CCE Speaker's Bureau has over 50 topics available from a group of highly informed and dynamic Master Gardeners. Please contact the office at 914.285.4620 and ask for Patris Beamon. She will send you out a brochure with a complete list of the currently available topics and speakers.

Finally, I am an instructor at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. I teach a series of lectures and hands-on workshops covering the use of the computer in the landscape design process. Here is the list of classes that I taught at NYBG this winter:

[LAN 280] Intro Lecture on Office Tools and Filemaker Database
[LAN 281] Intro Lecture on Design Tools (Using Photoshop and Illustrator for CAD)
[LAN 284] Marketing Your Business on the Web
[LAN 908] Laptop Workshop: Creating Elevations and Site Details with Photoshop
[LAN 909] Laptop Wokshop: Creating Master Plans with Illustrator
[GWP 230] Garden Blogs - Write On!

I am available to consult with you on any of these topics, to review your business workflow and to make suggest appropriate software solutions. Of course, I can provide one-on-one tutoring & instruction, as needed.

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Sample Planting Plan

Here is a sample Planting Plan sheet which shows the detail and professional quality of the Master Plan Set that we create for your property:

Sample 18x24 planting plan (.pdf file)

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