Thinking About Installing a Garden in NYC?
Here Are Some Things to Know:

Can I have a garden on my rooftop, backyard or terrace?
  • Know your basic building requirements – codes, rules, etc. Every building is different, so doing some research ahead of time into your particular building’s co-op rules can save you a lot of headaches later on.
What utilities are required for a garden?
  • Water and electricity are the most important. You may also want a gas line if you’re planning to do a fire-pit or gas grill.
What features can be incorporated into a landscape design?
  • Our plans start with the basics – plants, planters, irrigation, and lighting. From there, you can add on furniture or custom features, such as pergolas, fences, decks, benches, outdoor kitchens, fire pits, saunas, and spas.
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Rooftop gardens can be challenging spaces to design. Here are some quick tips:

Reduce Clutter
  • A small space will feel larger the less clutter there appears to be. The less is more approach also works well when it comes to limiting the number of different styles and finishes on things like planters to just a few so the main focus is on the plants.
Maximize Space
  • Let no corner go wasted in a small space. Opt for fewer, larger pieces of furniture, rather than lots of smaller ones. Which one will you use more – a couple of chaise lounges or an outdoor seating set? In my experience, both take up about the same amount of room, and you will use the seating set so much more. When in doubt, go for what’s the most comfortable!
Know Mountains from Molehills
  • A garden on a terrace or rooftop is sort of similar to gardening on top of a mountain. Plants that are less top-heavy and also plants with smaller leaves typically hold up better in the wind than plants with larger leaves or a big canopy that can get shredded up very easily or get knocked over by the wind.


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We are now aligned with Women for Women International

As a female owned and operated business, we at Amber Freda Home & Garden Design believe in giving back and supporting the entrepreneurial efforts of our less fortunate sisters overseas.   We’ve made a commitment to align with and promote the efforts of Women for Women International, a non-profit organization that helps give women survivors of war the skills they need to work and start their own businesses, as well as education and a support system that helps promote their sense of well-being, knowledge of their rights, and healthy living standards.  Amber Freda is currently serving as an ambassador within this organization and is a big believer in the Sponsor a Sister program, which shows how a relatively small monthly contribution can make a big difference in the life of another woman.

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