Photo: Michael Young

I grew up within an Italian-American family whose members branched out from Ashtabula, Ohio, a small town along the shores of Lake Erie. My grandmother planted old-fashioned Portulacas on her back steps every summer, and my uncle had a lush vegetable garden brimming with Swiss chard and hot peppers.  Inspired by these early memories, and interwoven with my work as a professional, working artist, I am also an experienced, primarily self-taught gardener who adores botanical nomenclature, and has worked as a plant records manager for an important private estate garden. I design, plant, and maintain gardens that add sophisticated color, texture, culinary material (herbs), and fragrance to a balcony/terrace, yard, or building property. I work with clients to plan a garden that encompasses their vision and is also manageable, emphasizing native plant material wherever possible.

Painterly Gardens also offers appealing and sustainable plantings on a shorter timeline to enhance a home or an apartment  that is on the market. We work primarily within a 50-mile radius of the New York City area. For a consultation and estimate, call/text 206-818-4708 or e-mail

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Great Grama Parmigian, Aunt Florence, Uncle Ralph, Aunt Emilia Pavolino, Grama Carmel Orlando