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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.


Watermill Residence

Working with architects Khanna-Schultz and Summerhill Nursery, this 5,000 sq. foot weekend house in Watermill, NY was completed in September 2012.  The overall geometry of the architecture segments the larger site into smaller spaces that are each further defined by the character of the landscape and the plantings. The house is arranged around a courtyard which is defined by a a large man- made mound created by the excavation on site, serving to anchor the house to the site and creating a sculptural visual centerpiece. The mound is covered with a carpet of evergreen perennials and a grove of crepe myrtles.   Using plantings that are native to the area, such as birches, maples and ornamental grasses and perennial flowers, the landscape was developed in tandem with the architecture in order to create a relaxing weekend retreat for it’s owner.