About - My Story - Green - Garden Services
The love of landscape, as well as art and architecture, lured me away from my previous career as a family therapist, and sent me on a journey to blend these art forms into a unique practice. In addition to studying horticulture and voraciously visiting gardens, I graduated from the Landscape Institute of Harvard University at the Arnold Arboretum in 2003. For 15 years I’ve created landscapes, from seaside properties along the south shore of Boston to city gardens in Minneapolis, from naturalistic woodlands full of native plants to a tropical pool-side oasis in Florida.
To create a garden, a landscape, is a heady thrill. To manipulate the forces of nature, to manifest an idea, a vision, and bring it into form for the improvement of people’s lives and the good of the earth is deeply gratifying. To draw out of a client their personal sense of beauty and practical needs, and combine those elements to orchestrate an experience, or rather a relationship with the out of doors, that gives them renewed pleasure every day is a great joy. Yet, if I was the only person on earth, I’m sure I would be rearranging nature for the pleasure it brings. The birds and I would enjoy it together.
Our passionate gardeners will care for your property with respect, communication and commitment. Colleen Mulligan manages Fine Garden Maintenance and is a certified Organic Landcare Professional with NOFA.
We offer highly professional garden care based on up-to-date, organic horticultural practices, including...
Pruning,Tending of Plant Beds (weeding, deadheading, dividing, fertilizing, mulching), Containers and Seasonal Displays,Planting and Selection of annuals, and Monitoring plant health with recommendations for treatments.
My approach to sustainability is to incorporate it into every decision, every feature of the garden, yet blending it subtly with in the landscape . This rain garden captures water from the downspouts into a crushed stone reservoir, topped with pea stone and punctuated with plantings and planters. This prevents water from flowing down the driveway and out into the street, as well as ice build-up in the winter. Storm water here is directed into a swale of crushed stone, surrounded by native Clethra alnifolia, Rhus aromatica and Anemone canadensis, who happily drink up the excess water and create a healthy ecosystem of biodiversity.
This larger rain garden captures run-off from nearby ledge, and is filled with native shrubs like Winterberry, swamp azalea and Amsonia taebermontana to create a lush mix of foliage.