Stephen Coan, of Stephen Coan, LLC is an award winning Landscape Designer, Horticulturist, Plantsman, Consultant, Craftsman, and Artist. He exclusively designs, consults, and installs bespoke designed landscapes & nature inspired fine gardens that are timeless, memorable, and meaningful for the discerning Client.
His process starts out with a detailed questionnaire and discussions with the client to get a feel for the direction and concept of the project that then progresses into looking for any issues that might need correcting – invasive plants, drainage problems, poor soils, wind issues, water management – then moves on with the layout of the entire landscape designing the flow and feel of the landscape and the possible views bringing the visitors out and into the designed spaces then progressing into the design of the needed hardscape features - patios, walkways, outdoor living spaces, ponds, rain gardens, pergolas, gazebos, etc. - that are then followed by the nature inspired plant forward gardens that he creates.
The nature inspired gardens that he creates are beautiful, lush, have meaning, and are layered and intermingled with multi-seasons of flowering interest with overlapping flowering blooms throughout the growing seasons that attract butterflies, birds, and other pollinators and have structural interest throughout the winter. Many are based upon solar and celestial events and the passage of time using the fourth dimension in conjunction with and the reinterpretation of the new movements in garden design and ecological plantings.
They are ecologically guided and environmentally friendly using sustainable green practices and water drainage management with a combination of designed hardscapes and the use of native and ornamental plant species that are site appropriate for the soil, lighting, and environmental conditions, that are not considered to be invasive plants or harmful to the environment or local ecosystem.
His gardens are in the realm between and uniting The New Perennial Movement, The Post Wild Planting Movement, The Layered Garden, Dutch Planting Design, The New American Garden Design, Ecological Planting Design, and Habitat Restoration with an emphasis on creating beautiful long blooming multi-season gardens that provide habitat and attract butterflies, birds, and other pollinators with an eye on knowing maintenance with minimal inputs and the cultural and communal interactions of the selected plant species within a given garden.
One of my favorite design projects is the design of a Labyrinth and Native Plant Wildlife Habitat for the Montessori Academy of Delran, NJ Upper Elementary and Adolescent Program. For the article written about it: http://www.coandesign.com/habitat-gardens/the-montessori-labyrinth-and-wildlife-habitat-project
My favorite community service project is that I am the team leader for the Collingswood, NJ Community Wildlife Habitat Project through the National Wildlife Federation. I am consulting, designing, organizing and running the project to have the entire town designated as a Wildlife Habitat by getting multiple homes, town properties, parks, schools, churches, businesses, community centers, etc. to install and be set up with environmentally friendly habitat gardens that meet the requirements of the program. Think Butterfly Gardens. www.collingswoodhabitat.com
Stephen Coan LLC
Located at Ferret Hollow Gardens