Welcome to Federal Twist Design


'One of the most game-changing contemporary American gardens' - Thomas Rainer, coauthor of Planting in a Post-Wild World


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This is my garden before it became a garden ...

... a clearing in the woods, sunlight streaming down through the mist, illuminating the forest behind. But this is my garden, not yours. Yours will certainly be different.

The starting point is always sense of place. What opportunities, what benefits does your site offer? What is its potential? How does it make you feel?

Do you live in a home with acres of land, a small cottage, a modernist retreat in the woods, a townhouse, or in a development with hundreds of homes? You can find your own sense of place in your personal motivations and preferences, in exploring why you want a garden, always keeping in mind what is appropriate to your local environment.

To see some examples of my work, click on the Galleries in the menu above -- and scroll through galleries illustrating Garden Structure, Garden Plantings, and a Formal Urban Garden -- or click on other menu choices for more information.