About Michael Veracka

Michael Veracka’s design practice focuses on sustainable design, edible landscaping and the adaptive reuse of urban spaces. He is adept at creating site-specific designs for spaces of all sorts and contexts.

Michael’s experience as a project manager, plant procurement buyer, horticultural consultant in the use and selection of superior woody and herbaceous plant varieties – always grounded in sustainable practices – can assist you in selecting the very best plants that save you time and money, and allow you to create style, and match style to architecture and site.

At the root of his work is a reverence for nature and a respect for the natural environment. Trained as a landscape architect – earning a master’s degree from the Rhode Island School of Design – Michael’s landscape philosophy brings together his educational training at Providence College, the New Alchemy Institute (East Falmouth, MA) the Research Center for Japanese Garden Art and Historical Heritage (Kyoto, Japan) and practical experience as an organic grower and market gardener, environmentalist, stone artisan, urban garden designer, certified arborist and horticulturist. He has also worked as a landscape designer and planner for private landscape architecture firms and city and state government agencies... | Continue reading more about Michael

Winter and Spring
Back to School

Back to School

17 students from the department gathered together to work on a literally get-your-hands-dirty project—helping to create a wildlife habitat at Howitt Middle School in the Village of Farmingdale. The concept was developed by associate professor Michael Veracka

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Clark Botanic Garden
A sensory herb garden where visitors are encouraged to explore the prickly and tickly feel of plants, smell the fragrances and even eat some of what is growing there



Cyrilla racemiflora – Swamp cyrilla, TiTi, Leatherwood

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Garden Party


Full Moon Harvest Dinner

"It was a fantastic event! The night was magical"

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Veracka IAICS conference 2015


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Michael can tailor a lecture or presentation specifically for your event. Please reach out with your ideas and topics!

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Teaching and Curriculum Development

Michael Veracka

Monarchs of Autumn

Monarchs of Autumn