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Bye Bye Neighbor

Posted March 1st, 2015 by nicole

We have a great need to socialize yet WE RELISH OUR PRIVACY and quiet time.

Here are some of the requests we have satisfied:

  1. “I work hard – I just want to come home and relax in my backyard.”

Solution: Dense screening hedge of either Norway Spruce, staggered, or mixed evergreens such as hemlock, holly, cedar and arborvitae, depending on light, soil moisture and deer pressure.


  1. “I just want something pretty to look at.”

Solution: Focus the view. A clipped dark green hedge of yew around the backyard that forms a backdrop from which to set off a beautiful perennial border.   OR

A mix of flowering trees and shrubs along the sides of the property that blocks the view of the neighboring houses and draws the eye to the backyard entertainment area.

A Place to Relax

  1. “I can‘t stand the traffic noise at rush hour.”

Solution: Solid board fencing lined with plantings that “soften” the fence, such as rose, lilac, hydrangea, and grasses, to name a few. While a row of evergreens can help to muffle noise, solid fencing or stone walls provide better noise control, in general.


  1. “It’s too windy up here.”

Solution: Staggered rows or groupings of evergreens, sited on the northwest side of the property, help to break up surging gusts and mitigate the airflow. Maximum wind protection occurs in a range that is 5 to 8 times the height of the plant.


  1. “I don’t want to feel boxed in.”

Solution: Open and airy screening, such as a trellis covered with flowering vines, or a tree carefully sited to block a bad view only from a particular vantage point.


A garden with strong architectural lines such as a boxwood parterre with a stunning sculpture or focal point that commands attention.


  1. “I don’t have much room but want some privacy.”

Solution: “Living walls”, only 6” wide, provide a textural tapestry with low-maintenance plants such as sedums and grasses. OR

Create lower-scale screening, dividing the landscape into rooms.

  1. “I care about the environment and animals and don’t want to exclude them from my property, but I don’t want everything wide open.”

Solution: Mixed native plantings with hedgerows for habitat. Tall prairie grasses. Create a savannah with a few selected trees.




  1. “I don’t want to spend a fortune.” OR

“I’m old and don’t have much time left!! Get me something to grow QUICK!!”


Fast growing evergreens such as Leyland Cypress (coastal regions) or fastigiate White Pines. Inexpensive bushes that grow rapidly such as forsythia and Rose-of-Sharon. Young birches planted tightly and clipped into a hedge. Shrubby red- and yellow-twig dogwoods for the wet areas.

Weigela can make an attractive, fast-growing hedge.




Client Testimonial

Posted January 1st, 2015 by nicole

“Just wanted to tell you The property looks wonderful. Your workers are so wonderful, a pleasure to have around.” – Sheryl Kaye


Think grass. Think prep. Think Camilla.

Posted August 18th, 2014 by nicole


This is the very best time of year to get your lawn in shape for year-round beauty. Prepping now in the fall ensures a healthy, vibrant spring rebirth. This is the time of the year to thicken your lawn’s root system. Our program of fall core aeration, overseeding and organic soil conditioning will help to crowd out weeds and give you that lush, carpet-like green for you to enjoy next season.

Call us – 203-790-9809


Camilla Worden will be a panelist on “Changing Ecosystems: Insect and Disease Threats” as part of the Ecological Landscaping Alliance Annual Conference.

Posted February 24th, 2014 by nicole

Climate change is here. There will be a continuation of variable and intense weather in the northeast – droughts AND floods – according to the scientific models. There will be changes in the composition of the types of trees in our forests, new insect threats and more invasive species. While predictions vary, it is clear that we can help by keeping the earth covered, planting a diversity of species which take a broad range of conditions, and by planting our properties with tough, local natives.

Managing pests and plant diseases is an essential part of landscape maintenance. This Idea Exchange offers a chance for you and our panelists to share information on new insects and disease that are showing up in the Northeast and to address strategies and methods of treatment. What new problems are you experiencing? Do you have strategies that others should know about? Can design decisions help us avoid or reduce these threats? Share your observations and experiences and hear what the experts think.


Dr. Richard Casagrande, URI;
Dr. Jennifer Forman Orth, MA Dept. of Ag. Resources;
Camilla Worden, Camilla Landscape Design, LLC
ELA Moderator: Kevin Staso, North Creek Nurseries

View Camilla’s presentation


CT NOFA’s 32nd Annual Winter Conference

Posted February 22nd, 2014 by nicole

The 2014 Winter Conference is Connecticut’s largest food, agriculture and sustainability conference and brings into focus the challenges of the next generation of farmers and how they affect all of us. Join us to discuss the future of sustainable farming, celebrate local food and much more.

More information


Go For The Green!! Fall Lawn Care Tips

Posted August 23rd, 2013 by nicole


Now is the best time to work on a getting a good thick carpet of green. 

Some of the things we look at:
How much water does the lawn get and when? Usually one or two good soaks a week are preferred to numerous light sprinkles. This way the moisture travels down into the soil and encourages long roots. Once you establish a healthy turf with a deep root system and keep the mowing on the high side, you will need less water.

What’s the drainage like? This is very important. Water-logged soils tend to have lawns with undesirable weeds such as plaintain and ground ivy. Changing the grading or diverting water flow may be necessary.

What variety of grass is there? A diverse seed mix of proven winners is preferred. This way the lawn can tough it out when the weather does not cooperate. The dark green color and lush texture of bluegrass is great but it will not thrive without plenty of sun and water. Drought-tolerant fescues can tolerate summer heat and shade. Durable perennial rye grasses establish quickly and adapt to grow in either sun or shade.

How does the light and air circulate? Good grass needs a minimum of 4 hours of sun or very light shade. Thick canopies of large-leaved maples, for example, will need to be thinned out or limbed up. Stagnant air may encourage lawn disease. If there is insufficient light or circulation, suitable ground covers might be a better choice than turf.
How is the lawn mowed? Clean, sharp blades prevent tearing of the leaf surface and the spread of fungus. Rotating the direction of cut helps to prevent compaction of the soil. Longer grass allows for more photosynthesis and longer root growth.

Has the lawn been dethatched? Periodic dethatching and core aerating breaks up the thatch layer and allows air and water to penetrate for healthy growth. This is particularly important for bluegrass sods which have a thicker thatch layer.

What is the soil like? So often soils are compacted. Can traffic patterns change? Grass does not like to grow where people walk all the time. Is there enough organic matter? A topdressing of good quality compost in the fall coupled with mechanical aeration works wonders.

What nutrition has the lawn been given? A professional soil test will identify what nutrients are needed.

Not only are the major elements, such as nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium important, but so are minerals such as calcium and magnesium which play an important role in the proper functioning of the grass plant. Our New England soils tend to be acidic and need to be “sweetened” with the addition of lime so that nutrients become available to the grass plant.

Are there insects and diseases in the lawn? Insects and diseases are less problematic in healthy turf. Occasionally, populations of insects may cross a tolerable threshold and need to be treated. Overseeding with endophyte-enhanced grasses is one option. The alkaloids in these grasses are toxic to surface feeders such as chinch bug, billbugs and webworms. Oils from the Neem or Cedar tree are useful repellents. Controlling the thatch where these insects live is another strategy. There are also naturally occurring microbial products for insect control, such as Spinosad and Milky Spore. Beneficial nematodes can be applied for grub control. Diseases are best treated culturally, by adjusting the air circulation, watering patterns and the mowing regime.


Downy Mildew on Impatiens

Posted May 2nd, 2013 by nicole

One of the best ways to brighten up a shady corner is with a planting of colorful garden Impatiens, Impatiens Walleriana.

Late in the season last year, however, garden Impatiens everywhere were affected by a disease called Downy Mildew. Wind-blown spores infected plants in many parts of the country. While it is too early to tell whether Downy Mildew will be a problem again this year, we will play it safe by planting alternates such as Coleus, New Guinea Impatiens, Browalia, Torenia, and Begonia in your gardens and containers.

For further information on Downy Mildew, you can visit this site:





Boxwood Blight – A New Disease for Connecticut and the U.S.

Posted April 11th, 2013 by nicole

In October 2011, samples of boxwoods with unusual symptoms were submitted to The Plant Disease Information Office of the Experiment Station for diagnosis. Symptoms included leaf spots and blights, rapid defoliation, distinctive black cankers on stems, and severe dieback.

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2012 Accreditation Course in Organic Land Care

Posted April 10th, 2013 by nicole

This Course is for any land care professional or enthusiast interested in learning the ecology and care of residential yards, using products and methods which are sustainable and safe. In over ten years, this course has been shared with over 1200 students!

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Bridgewater/Roxbury Garden Club – Landscaping for a Sustainable Environment

Posted February 18th, 2013 by nicole

The preservation of our environment through thoughtful gardening will be the focus of the Bridgewater/Roxbury garden club in March, featuring organic landscape designer Camilla Worden and her presentation Landscaping for a Sustainable Environment.

With over 20 years experience in landscape design, Ms. Worden has a BA in chemistry from Rutgers University and an MBA from NYU.  Working through her company, Camilla Landscape Design LLC, she is committed to promoting organic and ecologically sensitive practices and holds a Landscape Design Certificate from The New York Botanical Garden.  A member of the Ecological Landscapers Association, she is on the board of the Danbury Land Trust, and on the Organic Land Care advisory board of NOFA, an organization that is dedicated to strengthening ecologically sound farming and gardening. Her recent accomplishments include an award-winning ecological redesign of a corporate park in Purchase, NY and a lakeside buffer planting for the Lake Kenosia Commission in Danbury.

Gardening is now the most popular hobby in the country and it is Camilla Worden’s strong belief that gardeners who love and appreciate nature are in the best position to contribute to the slowing of global climate change.  “Sustainable is attainable”, she urges, “if we shift our focus from gardening to earth stewardship.  What we do in our own backyards will make a difference”.  She will offer strategies and practical tips to help everyone learn how to preserve the environment for future generations and create more than just a pretty garden.

Ms. Worden’s talk will take place at St. Mark’s Church Hall in Bridgewater, CT on March 14 at 11 am.