Best of Philly

Best Landscaper

2014 BEST Urban Landscaper

Graceful Gardens

Grace Wicks daughter of restaurateur and environmentalist Judy Wicks grew up in a household with a true love of nature. But that home was in West Philly with no backyard, so her family did all its gardening in pots and planters, a skill she’s perfected as the owner of Center City landscaping company Graceful Gardens. Her roof decks, planters, window boxes and backyards are as artful and lush as any country courtyard. Ask her about her edible works she designed the chef’s gardens for the Four Seasons.

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2013 BEST Landscaper

EcoGardens LLC

409 Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, PA

Elevating the ground around your house from Lawn to Statement is an art. Dan Cleary and Steven Shirley are experts in creating outdoor spaces that are as smart as they are beautiful: Edible garden beds put forth bounty year-round, rainwater is stealthily used to your advantage, and native plantings are virtually carefree and attract butterflies. Read more »

2012 BEST Landscape Designer

Groundswell Design Group

P.O. Box 438, Hopewell, NJ

After two consecutive years (2008-2009) on our BOP list, David Fierabend and his merry crew of gardening-obsessed elves return yet again. Pop by Morgan’s Pier, Talula’s Garden and the outdoor flower installation at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and you’ll understand why. Read more »

2009 BEST Landscaper

Groundswell Design Group

P.O. Box 438, Hopewell, NJ

That they’ll swing by your place to do a quick spruce-up or plant a few flowers a year after your project was finished “just because” is only one reason to love David Fierabend, John McDowell and their Jersey-based crew, who score our top nod for the second straight year. In their creative hands, your patch… Read more »