Spring Lake Garden Design, Inc.
Spring Lake Garden Design is an award-winning landscape design/build company that brings a unique set of skills and experience by combining horticultural expertise with creative design skills. We design all things outdoors – pools, patios, pergolas, steps, retaining walls, annual planters, rock gardens, gravel gardens, perennial gardens, woodland, and lakeside buffer gardens.
A bit about the owners – After graduating from Parson’s School of Design, Catharine Cooke had a successful graphic arts studio in New York City for 17 years, working primarily with museums and book publishers. Ian Gribble managed the land on his family’s 160-acre dairy farm in Kent, England prior to moving to America in 1987. After meeting in New Zealand, the couple then furthered their education at The NY Botanical Gardens where Catharine received a Certificate in Landscape Design and Ian earned a Diploma of Horticulture.
Catharine designed their home which is set on fifteen acres. To them, the highest compliment paid was “how beautifully the home sits in the land.” Integrating home and land, and creating an easy flow in and out is essential to them and this holistic approach is reflected in their work.
Letting the land reveal itself, its beauty, and its essence is the beginning of the conversation. Ian, as a horticulturist, pays attention to soil and light conditions, adhering to the principle of “the right plant in the right place.” Catharine is looking at shapes, the play of light and shadow, color, texture, and the relationship of objects. Together, this team creates an outdoor environment that offers the homeowners a beautiful, happy, and peaceful place to be.
- 47 Church Rd
- Sherman, CT 06784
- Catharine Cooke