Landscape Design

Mahoney's Landscape Design Department

Our Landscape Design team is committed to creating personalized gardens and outdoor spaces. This affordable Landscape Design service provides creative, individualized solutions to your landscape challenges, suited to your climate, soil and site conditions. Today’s investment in a planned landscape provides enjoyment for many years.

We seek to engage, to inspire, to educate, and to foster pleasure in outdoor living spaces. Whether creating a new landscape or augmenting a foundation planting, our professional expertise will demystify the world of landscape design. The integration of technical expertise and inspired design with our customers’ wishes and site conditions results in a landscape that is compatible with the architecture that surrounds it, “grounding” the built environment and creating a cohesive whole of home and garden.

A Mahoney’s designed landscape introduces our customers to new joys and wonders. We would love to have you experience the rewarding and emotional connection that comes from nurturing an outdoor space that is truly reflective of your personality and lifestyle.

Landscape Design Articles

Arborvitae Foliage
Arborvitaes are evergreen trees, some native to the northeastern United States. They come in many different shapes and sizes, with scale-like leaves soft to the touch. Most arborvitaes can be pruned...
The Best Birch for Massachusetts - River Birch Bark
Many of us grew up with the Paper Birch (Betula papyrifera) in our yards and neighborhoods. We admired its beautiful bark which aged from a smooth reddish-brown to that wonderful papery, chalky white...
Why Evergreens Lose Their Foliage - Seasonal Needle Drop on White Pine
(Sounds like one of Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories, doesn’t it?) Evergreens provide green color all year long but that doesn't mean that the individual needles live forever. Evergreens shed their...
Tall and Narrow Trees and Shrubs
You may hear the terms narrow, columnar, and fastigiate when people talk about skinny trees. Whatever you call them, their unique growth habit makes them great for screening in small spaces, for use...
Katsura Tree - Cercidiphylum Japonium
The following are exceptional trees for the residential landscape. While lesser known, they nonetheless deserve your consideration. Be in the vanguard with these hardy and beautiful ornamental trees...

Our Landscape Design Team

Amy VanDoren - Landscape Design Department Manager

Amy has managed Mahoney’s Landscape Design Department since 2005. Based in Mahoney's Winchester location, the Landscape Design department now executes over 375 designs a year for residential and commercial customers. Her work has won numerous awards. She is a sought-after writer and speaker on landscape design topics. An expert in architecture, real estate and facilities planning, Amy worked for some of the leading firms in those industries before returning to school to study landscape design. She holds an Associates of Science (Landscape Architecture) degree from U Mass, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, an MBA from Harvard University, and a BA from George Washington University. Amy is a Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist and a Certified Landscape Professional.

Gaele McCully

Gaele brings a life-long passion for plants and gardens to the Landscape Design team. She received a BA in Economics from McGill University and enjoyed a successful business career recruiting university presidents and academic leaders. She brings organizational skills, horticultural knowledge, and a commitment to the highest standards of professionalism and customer service. Gaele is a Massachusetts Certified Landscape Professional and continues to pursue her studies in horticulture and landscape design.

Pamela Landi

Pamela joined the Mahoney’s Landscape Design team after a year assisting clients with their design questions and sharing her extensive horticultural knowledge at Mahoney's Nursery in Concord, Massachusetts. With ardent enthusiasm for plants she listens deeply to a client’s vision and draws on her expertise to help realize the client’s vision for their landscape. Pamela earned a dual Master degree in Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning from UMass Amherst, an education that emphasized sustainable design and planning. Her professional interests include green design, native and ornamental plants, landscape lighting, hardscapes, soils and planting design

Recent Work

Foundation planting of evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs

Foundation plantings can be as varied and individual as the home and its owners.

Curb appeal Foundation planting of evergreens, deciduous trees and perennials The pine near the stair way provides an evergreen presence. Trees and shrubs offer a colorful and interesting foundation to this traditional Cape.
City Courtyard - An intimate and low maintenance city courtyard.

An intimate and low maintenance city courtyard. The new owners of this city condo knew their tiny outside space was a prize that could be a gem. Landscape timbers, pea stone, carefully selected container plantings and trellises soften the brick of the building. A simple reorganization creates useful entertaining space.

In time, the climbing hydrangeas will cover the trellis on the left and offer a green wall. The gravel groundcover is easy to maintain. The garden has many interesting plants, including the weeping birch on the right and the evergreen hollies in the background. A narrow courtyard garden was rather plain in this 'before' photo
Charming Urban Garden

This tiny space has been divided into segments around a patio. Each segment has a special character that makes the whole space seem much larger than it really is. As the seasons change, the owners find new sources of delight and return to the garden on a daily basis.

Hydrangeas, Knockout Roses, Rose of Sharon, Astilbe, Petunias, Clematis, Boxwood Adding a personal touch of whimsy to your garden will always make you smile. Border of vertically growing flowering shrubs and perennials mixed with low spreading perennials and annuals. Butterflies will come to your garden even in the city with the right plants.
Backyard Landscape for Entertaining

Designed for entertaining, the garden is suitable for formal dinner parties and casual family breakfasts. This typical New England woodland landscape provides a lush shade garden for all seasons at all times of the day. Trees and shrubs offer screening from the adjacent property so the owners can enjoy the extensive natural stone patio and its framework of plantings.

Irregular pattern of rectangular bluestone surrounded by shade loving annuals, perennials and shrubs. Shrub border edged in landscape timber, creating change in level. Patio bordered by Golden Full Moon Japanese Maple The Golden Full Moon Japanese Maple takes center stage in this shady nook. Here the Laceleaf Japanese Maple is a prominent feature among evergreen shrubs and shade loving annuals.