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Folly Afield

Garden & Landscape

Artistry Meets Ecology


Beyond mere beauty, we envision gardens as symphonies for the senses. A captivating chorus of sights, sounds, smells, textures, and movement creates a truly immersive experience. These thriving sanctuaries not only provide a haven for diverse and wondrous creatures threatened by climate change but also serve as important refuges for them, and you.

We achieve this modern approach by thoughtfully integrating a mix of native and non-native plant species, including perennials, grasses and sedges, groundcovers, shrubs, and trees. This results in aesthetically pleasing, biodiverse, and sustainable plant communities.

Folly Afield creates nature-inspired gardens designed to enhance both lives and the world we live in. Gardens to relax, share with others, reconnect with nature and regain a sense of wellbeing.

Asclepias incarnata (Swamp milkweed) and Monarch butterfly

Our Focus

To bring our expertise to create captivating gardens, celebrating nature's beauty and fostering ecological harmony. These immersive havens, where butterflies dance and bees hum, become sanctuaries for both people and wildlife.

Garden design sketch

What We Do

From nature-inspired design to nurturing garden stewardship, we create thriving garden spaces that bloom with beauty, are resilient, and require minimal maintenance once established.

Trust our professional touch for every stage of your garden's journey.

Every garden we create whispers a unique song, blending your dreams and wants with nature's symphony. Perennials, bulbs, grasses, shrubs, and stone – we weave these elements to craft places of remarkable beauty with ecological benefits. Our passion lies in crafting not just stunning spaces, but thriving ecosystems you can connect with. That's why we embrace a collaborative design approach, welcoming you to actively be involved in the design process.

Garden Design


Whether conjuring a garden from scratch or transforming an existing canvas, we bring stunning landscapes to life. From prepping sites to weaving charming paths, we handle every step with meticulous care. Our comprehensive services include:

  • Garden site layout and garden bed preparation

  • Hardscaping, such as stone paths and steps

  • Sourcing high-quality plants and materials

  • Skillful plant installation, ensuring each plant thrives in its spot

  • Plant care, particularly watering and weeding following installation

Build & Plant Installation


Your garden isn't just a collection of greenery; it's a vibrant tapestry woven with the magic of the natural world, constantly changing and evolving with each passing season. Garden stewardship nurtures this unfolding drama, guiding its narrative with a gentle hand and understanding of what makes healthy plant communities. Our stewardship programs ensure your garden remains a source of lasting joy and wonder, year after year. We approach garden stewardship with skillful edits, seasonal attention, and sustainable, ecologically sensitive practices.

Garden Stewardship


Garden Design Musings

Embracing improvisation enables a gardener to respond to the unique characteristics of a garden site, incorporating unexpected or surprising elements, adding a touch of whimsy and intrigue to the garden. Playful, spontaneous ideas and in situ design changes often are at the heart of what makes a garden truly unique, leaving indelible memories long after visitors have left its embrace. Garden plans are guides, not chains. Trust the whisper of your intuition, dare to detour from the plan!

Embrace Improvisation


In garden design, embracing ecology means fostering a vibrant tapestry of life. Selecting a diverse mix of plant species, especially native ones, attracts a chorus of pollinators, birds, and beneficial insects. This ecological approach yields gardens that sing with abundant beauty, resilience, and ease of care compared to their traditional counterparts.

Build an Ecological Eden


Climate change casts a long shadow, its full impact still unfolding. Among its many consequences are extreme weather events, rising temperatures, and devastating habitat losses that imperil ecosystems. But a flicker of hope blooms in our gardens. By thoughtfully choosing resilient plants, those that thrive through heat waves, droughts, and floods, we can create havens that not only offer enduring beauty but also crucial sanctuaries for wildlife. 

Fight Back Climate Change


This axiom is as old as the origin of gardens. By thoughtfully choosing plants naturally suited to a space – often native plants that require minimal maintenance and are most resilient to climate change – you can spend more time enjoying your garden, not maintaining it. The right plants in the right place are most likely to thrive without much human intervention, reducing the need for weeding, irrigation, fertilization, and pest control. Understanding a plant's origin, natural growth habits, and preferences is essential for making good choices.

Right Plant, Right Place


Grand gardening dreams are wonderful, but temper them with a realistic understanding of the initial effort and ongoing care required to keep your landscapes beautiful. Prioritize garden spaces, choose plants that will thrive in your location, and embrace learning as you grow. Strategically create a sustainable landscape through a phased approach. This will reward you with lasting beauty and manageable maintenance.

Dream Big, Plant Smart


Garden maintenance, whether DIY or entrusted to a professional, is the cornerstone of a healthy and vibrant landscape. This dedicated care, known as garden stewardship, guides the garden's evolution through thoughtful edits, strategic plant relocations, seasonal cleanups, and proactive weed control. With mindful garden stewardship, your garden will flourish, continually improving in beauty and function with time.

Love Your Garden


Project Portfolio

Shady Pathway


Reflection Path




Folly Afield Display & Trial Gardens


Whispering Oaks


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