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The Garden Club of Newtown – Landscaping for a Sustainable Environment

Posted October 4th, 2012 by nicole

The preservation of our environment through thoughtful gardening will be the focus of The Garden Club of Newtown in October, 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 in the Olga Knoepke meeting room on the first floor of the Cyrenius H. Booth Library on October 23 at 1pm. There is a guest fee of $5 for non-members of the club and the public is encouraged to attend.  Registration is not required.  For more information call 203 512-7320.

Ginnie Carey, Publicity Chairman, The Garden Club of Newtown

30 Platts Hill Road, Newtown, 203 512-7320 or


From Lawn & Landscape: Design Details

Posted August 16th, 2012 by nicole

Changing the method of treating a lawn is the first thing a company might think to do when deciding to go organic. But lawn care isn’t the only way you can become more organic. Design/build companies can also become more environmentally conscious in the plans they propose to customers. Camilla Warden, owner of Camilla Landscape Design in Brookfield Conn., thinks organic in her design plans. She is a member of the Northeast Organic Farming Association, an organization that teaches organic is more of a system.

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From the Lake buffer garden comes to life

Posted August 15th, 2012 by nicole

DANBURY — The day was sunny and a gentle breeze carried strains of string music during the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Lake Kenosia Buffer Garden.

Some 100 people turned out Saturday to tour the lake by kayak and canoe and walk along the buffer and rain gardens.

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From the Landscaper is accredited in organic land care

Posted January 19th, 2012 by nicole

The mild days before Christmas were a chance for Camilla Worden to work on making a dry streambed and rain garden on her Brookfield property.

“It’s creating something that’s attractive and functional,” she said, explaining that stormwater runoff from her roof is now diverted into a dry streambed in her yard, where plants and rocks slow it down.

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From the Brookfield Patch: Brookfielder Turns Passion for Organic Landscaping into Growing Business

Posted December 21st, 2011 by nicole

Brookfield resident Camilla Worden, accredited organic land care professional, brings organic sustainable practices to landscaping. Read the rest of the article.


What is a Master Plan?

Posted December 20th, 2011 by nicole

In landscaping, a Master Plan is a blueprint of a property’s possibilities – and a property owner’s wish list for aesthetics, beauty and functionality.

Our approach to a Master Plan is to be fully aware of how your property is situated, how you access it, how you enjoy it, and how you plan to enhance it in the future.

Traffic patterns. Pathways. Pools. Stone vs. brick. Shade vs. sun. Ground covers vs. shrubbery. Screening vs. fencing. Flower beds vs. vegetable beds. There are dozens of real-world scenarios that must be considered. We work closely with you to understand your needs – and we plan accordingly with your wish list (and budget) in mind.

The finished Master Plan gives you a roadmap for the future. You’ll receive a coordinated, well-conceived Plan that allows you to change your landscape in sensible stages.

Just a few of the features we’ve designed:

  • Terraces that allow for generous seating
  • Built-in BBQ’s for outdoor entertaining
  • Evergreen screening to create backyard privacy
  • New foundation plantings to compliment the house
  • Pools that fit well into the landscape
  • Fire pits for campfire conversation
  • Natural stone steps that traverse the woods
  • Vegetable gardens for healthy eating
  • Driveways realigned for better access
  • Blooming focal points for visual excitement
  • …and more!

Master Plan Examples:

See some of the possibilities – here’s a selection of Master Plans we’ve created for customers over the years.

Bedford, NY Backyard Makeover

Bedford, NY Backyard Makeover

Bedford, NY Garden Gazebo Detail

Bedford, NY Garden Gazebo Detail

Pool Tucked Into Ridgefield, CT Hill

Pool Tucked Into Ridgefield, CT Hill

Small Property Solution in Rye, NY

Small Property Solution in Rye, NY

Purchase, NY Estate

Purchase, NY Estate

Pool Site in Greenwich, CT

Pool Site in Greenwich, CT

Design for Entertaining in Danbury, CT

Design for Entertaining in Danbury, CT

Commercial Site Planting Plan for Shopping Center

Commercial Site Planting Plan for Shopping Center

Commercial Site Planting Plan for Shopping Center Detail

Commercial Site Planting Plan for Shopping Center Detail









Three Accreditation Courses in Organic Land Care Available in Southern New England

Posted November 28th, 2011 by nicole


The Northeast Organic Farming Association’s Organic Land Care Program (NOFA OLC) has announced the dates and locations of the Accreditation Course in Organic Land Care.  The first course, in Worcester, MA, is scheduled for January 9-13. The New Haven, CT course will be on February 15, 16, 17 and 21,22 and the final course, in Charleston, RI, is from February 27-March 3.

Bill Duesing, Executive Director of Connecticut NOFA and one of NOFA OLC’s founders explains “Our course instructs students on landscaping that is healthier for people and the environment. Organic land care replaces toxic chemicals that get in our skin, lungs and water with methods that promote biodiversity, create habitat and protect water quality.”

The NOFA Organic Land Care Program was founded by a volunteer committee of scientists, activists, and landscapers from the Massachusetts and Connecticut Chapters of the Northeast Organic Farming Association. The Accreditation Course curriculum is based on the committee’s Standards for Organic Land Care: Practices for Design and Maintenance of Ecological Landscapes published in 2001, now recognized and implemented across the U.S. and internationally.

This 5-day, 30-hour course features a faculty of respected scientists and experienced organic land care practitioners. Class topics include: Site Analysis, Design and Maintenance; Rain Gardens and Storm Water Infiltration; Soil Health; Fertilizer and Soil Amendments; Lawn Alternatives; Wetlands; Pest Management; Wildlife Management; Disease Control; Mulches; Invasive Plants; Client Relations and Running a Business. Four hands-on case studies are also included in the course. The NOFA/Mass OLC Program Coordinator, Caro Roszell observed “a lot of motivation from professionals to create safer, healthier, and more naturally beautiful landscapes, and their clients are demanding it too. They want to offer an effective, competitive organic program, so they come to us.”

Attendees may take an optional exam to become NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals (AOLCPs).  Benefits of accreditation include use of the NOFA Organic Land Care logo and listings in widely distributed print guides and in a searchable database at To date, over 1200 land care professionals have taken the NOFA course from 22 states. Frank Crandall, now chair of the OLC Education Committee, earned his NOFA accreditation in 2005 and said the NOFA course “is the best educational course I have ever taken . . . I immediately made a plan to convert my landscape business into a completely organic company over three years.”

For more information on and registration for the Connecticut and Rhode Island courses please visit our website at or call the CT NOFA office at 203-888-5146. For information on the Massachusetts course, contact Caro Roszell at (508) 360-0874 or or visit to register online.

Download 2012 Accreditation Course in Organic Land Care Brochure and Registration Form


The Real Dirt!

Posted September 23rd, 2011 by nicole

Sunday, Oct. 16, 2 p.m.
Danbury Library
170 Main Street

Come for inspiration and practical information on creating organic garden spaces. Whether you want a greener lawn or a spectacular perennial garden, Camillia Worden knows how to make it happen using sustainable gardening methods. Camilla has over 20 years experience in landscape design and is committed to promoting organic and ecologically sensitive practices.

Danbury Library, Danbury Public Schools,
Western Connecticut State University and Wooster School
introduce our 2011 One Book, One Community title
Farewell, My Subaru
by Doug Fine

For more information, visit

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Welcome to a bright new season!

Posted April 6th, 2011 by nicole

Welcome to a bright new season! Here’s hoping it will be a great one for you. We wanted to share some exciting news…

For starters, check out our new company name, logo, slogan and address. Things are really happening around here because we’ve joined forces with John Petriello, formerly of GP Masonry & Landscaping of Mt. Kisco, NY. With John as a new partner (many of you know John and his reputation in construction), our new company is called Camilla Landscape Design.

The new name reflects our expanding services and ability to take care of even more of your landscaping needs – from planning and building to organic services.

Our design group is headed by landscape architect Lisa Cohn, who keeps all our master plans on CAD. This gives us the ability to email you copies, easily edit, and save plans on the computer. Lisa and I have been attending numerous seminars over the winter, trying to keep abreast of the latest trends in horticulture, such as green roofs, native plants, edible gardens and more.

You may have had some contact with Barbara See, a recent addition to the staff. Barbara provides valuable bookkeeping services for us.

You’ll also notice our new mailing address. While the company is still headquartered in CT, our new shop location is in Brewster NY near Exit 8 of I-684 and allows us quick access to both Westchester and Fairfield counties.

There’s more to share, but for now we’ll direct you to our updated website at where you’ll find new pictures of our organic lawn program in action and new “before and after” project pictures.

Thank you for your support in the past. We look forward to helping you make the best of your property this year – and in the coming years.

Happy Spring!


Ives Concert Park breaks ground on new garden, new season

Posted May 3rd, 2010 by nicole

DANBURY, CONN. — Trees are blooming, birds are chirping and there’s a buzz of excitement in the air on the Western Connecticut State University Westside campus as the Ives Concert Park prepares to break ground on a new garden and launch a fresh season of concerts, festivals and family-friendly events. Today, as people celebrate Earth Day, local landscape designer Camilla Worden will break ground on a new garden at the entrance to the popular outdoor venue to signal the beginning of a new season at Ives.

Steve Greenberg, chairman of the Charles Ives Authority for the Performing Arts Board of Directors, said the timing is perfect.

“It is appropriate that on Earth Day we are celebrating the launch of our ‘Adopt-A-Garden’ program at the Ives Concert Park site,” Greenberg said. “I want to thank Camilla Worden for adopting the entrance garden site. We hope others will be inspired to partake in this project and enhance the natural beauty of the park to the enjoyment of more than 65,000 guests this year.”

Worden is the first area landscaper to volunteer her services to beautify the grounds at Ives Concert Park, the outdoor amphitheatre situated on a parcel of preserved, state-owned land that includes 40 wooded acres, a pond, gardens and public hiking trails. This year, the new “Adopt-A-Garden” program provides the opportunity for area professionals to showcase their landscaping abilities to the tens of thousands of visitors who come to the venue during the summer concert and performing arts season. Opportunities to adopt garden plots still exist and more information can be obtained by calling Ives Authority Board Member Ellen Cavallo Bucciti at (203) 740-2452.

“I am very excited to be part of the new Ives Board of Directors and the programs we have in place for the 2010 season,” Cavallo Bucciti said. “The ‘Adopt-A-Garden’ program launches our season and will enhance the natural beauty of the Ives Concert Park for the community to enjoy for years to come. We appreciate the excitement that Camilla Worden Garden Design has already shown by adopting the entrance garden site. We look forward to working with other community gardeners and businesses to create exceptional gardens on the four additional sites available for adoption.”

Worden serves on the Board of Directors of the Land Trust of Danbury and on the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Organic Land Care Committee. A member of the Ecological Landscaper’s Association, the Perennial Plant Association and the Mad Gardeners, she has more than 20 years experience in complete landscape design, installation and maintenance of residential and commercial properties. She is a NOFA-Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and is committed to promoting organic and ecologically sensitive practices. She holds a Landscape Design Certificate from The New York Botanic Garden and has been a Master Gardener since 1988. Worden is a certified Connecticut Nurseryperson, is a registered Custom Grounds Supervisor and is a licensed Landscape Contractor in both Connecticut and New York.

“Charles Ives received his musical inspiration on Pine Mountain and other natural areas in Danbury, and the Ives Concert Park has been lovingly carved out of the woods on the WestConn Westside campus,” Worden said. “Earth Day is a time for us to reflect on our connection to the land. We are all stewards of the Earth and we should decide carefully how we treat the land that has been given to us. We can make some wise decisions by planting trees, shrubs and ground covers that provide food and shelter for birds and other wildlife both at Ives Concert and in our own yards.

“Ives’ music was surprising and bold, and that will be reflected in the entrance garden,” Worden promised. “My company is honored to participate in the beautification of the entrance to Ives Concert Park.”

New gardens aren’t the only plans on the drawing board at the concert park. A full slate of summer music concerts, festivals and family entertainment also is being planned.

More information about Ives Concert Park and the summer schedule can be found at, and