Michael’s forte is small scale garden design and construction. Here are a few noteworthy projects:

Olga’s Cup & Saucer – Providence, RI.

Awarded First Place, Commercial Garden Design, Rhode Island Magazine, February 2001. A former gas station is transformed into an outdoor urban oasis for an award winning bakery featuring outdoor dining areas nestled within a wide variety of edible and ornamental plantings and eclectic recycled pavement.

Olga's Cup and Saucer
Olga pave closeup
Olga's Cup & Saucer
Olga's Detail

Vilmain Garden – Providence, RI.

A new property owner of a historic early 19th century home desired a complete renovation of her small, desolate urban concrete backyard. The result? A cozy backyard garden featuring multiple sitting areas surrounded by lush plantings, permeable pavement and a privacy pergola

Vilmain garden

Schmidt Garden – Providence, RI.

Awarded First Place, Professional Elements, Rhode Island Magazine, February 1999. A tiny postage stamp backyard is transformed into a useable jewel box space featuring privacy fencing, elegant blue stone pavement and sun loving plantings.

1st Place

Before construction
Before construction
After construction


Leslie Garden – Pawtuxet Village, RI.

Awarded Second Place, Professional Garden Design, Rhode Island Magazine, February 2000. An overgrown backyard is transformed into a lush garden incorporating 18th century appropriate hardscape elements and providing views of the Pawtuxet River.


Leslie patio


Leslie Before
Before Construction
Leslie After Construction
After Construction

Buchanan Garden – Exeter, RI. 




Knox Garden, Dorchester MA 

A non-descript backyard that had no functional use or relationship to the house was transformed into a secret, imaginative artful oasis featuring a stone patio, lush plantings, an oval lawn, all framed within the addition of new privacy fencing and a pair of arbors. Who says a small space can't be perceived all at once?

Boston Globe article
Boston Globe article

Lambe, Gloucester, RI


Rickler, Providence, RI