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Wild Pistil was founded in 2006 by native Vermonter Cary Baker, a mixed media artist and life-long gardener who began transforming blighted urban sites into green sanctuaries shortly after moving to Brooklyn in the late-90's. Cary is a member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) and holds a B. A. from Bard College. Prior to launching her own company she studied horticulture and design at The Brooklyn Botanic Garden and worked as a professional gardener for established landscape design firms in NYC and Boston.
Today, gardens designed by Wild Pistil are informed by our continued explorations at the intersection of art and ecology. Though much of the company's work is still rooted in Manhattan and the outer boroughs, Cary now resides in the lower Hudson Valley with her husband and two young daughters. With this geographic shift, the firm has expanded its scope to include rural and semi-rural projects with a focus on Beacon NY and the neighboring communities of Cold Spring and Garrison.
Our creative team includes knowledgeable gardeners and a network of seasoned green-industry affiliates whose expertise runs the gamut, from permaculture design to custom carpentry and masonry, outdoor lighting, and automated irrigation. With each passing year the company has seen its eclectic client base grow; In 2015, Wild Pistil restored the courtyard gardens at the esteemed Apthorp Condominiums on Manhattan's Upper West Side, where they continue to maintain and expand on the plant-scape at this landmark site, which spans a full city block. Wild Pistil has installed gardens for the design group Jonathan Adler and was recently contracted to maintain extensive roof terrace gardens located at the Hudson Yards complex.