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Greenwich Village Townhouse Garden

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Modern Brooklyn Garden


julie farris

landscape designer

xs space
370 clinton street
brooklyn, new york 11231





Julie Farris lives and works in New York City. A native New Yorker, Julie received her BA from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York and her MLA from Harvard University Graduate School of Design in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Julie’s work focuses on the potential for small forgotten spaces throughout the city to become verdant, sustainable, inexpensive and aesthetic landscapes for urban residents. She has worked at several large firms in New York City, including M. Paul Friedberg and Partners as well as HLW International and Balmori Associates. In 2005, she founded a studio, XS Space LLC, and completed a temporary landscape/multi-media installation entitled Temporary Landscape: A Pasture for Urban Space in the Columbia Waterfront District in Brooklyn. In 2007 she worked in collaboration with Balmori Associates and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to complete an 8,000 square foot public space, Urban Meadow, which is now a permanent park located in Red Hook, Brooklyn. In 2009 she collaborated with an artist and The Public Art Fund to build a temporary landscape installation in Tribeca in Manhattan.  Her work has focused on international projects in Rwanda and Nepal as well as residential landscapes in Long Island and townhouses in New York City.

Her work has appeared in numerous publications and books, including Architectural Digest, Landscape Architecture Magazine, The Architect’s Newspaper, Ladies’ Home Journal , The New York Post and The New York Times.  She is a member of the Board of Trustees at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and is a co-founder of The Big Future Group, a not- for- profit organization that designs and implements sustainable projects in developing countries. She has also recently started a highly curated online sourcebook for outdoor design called Landstylist, and you can link to the site at  Julie resides in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.


Greenwich Village Townhouse Garden

This garden composition was envisioned as a place that is very much in keeping with the architecture in terms of both style and materiality. Simple, clean lines, and Japanese-inspired, with a palette that is for all seasons and yet low-maintenance. The limestone flooring in the dining room continues out into the landscape and becomes a low terrace that dissipates into strips embedded in a bed of pea gravel. An off-center, oversized Cor-ten steel planter contains a bed of boxwood, which remains green all year round, and a flowering crepe-myrtle is also contained as a focal point. Beds of Nepeta, Ivy and Bamboo soften the horizontal Ipe fencing, and also offer a bit of privacy.  Small carved stone planters with moss and a limestone bench offer gentle accents in this garden, which is as much about enjoying outside as it is about the view from inside.


This project won the 2017 Architectural Prize in the Residential Landscape Category, and was a finalist in the Private Garden Category for an Architizer +Award in April 2017.


Project Architect: Khanna-Schultz
Landscape Contractor: Holly, Wood, and Vine
Photographs: Matthew Williams
Completed: September 2015