Judith Irven

Vermont Landscape and Garden Designer

Helping people create beautiful gardens

Empathy, Sensitivity and Experience

Judith’s passion is creating beautiful gardens that  enhance people’s lives and enrich their spirits, gardens that also reflect the spirit of New England’s wider landscape.

For the past twenty years she has provided a wide range of landscape and garden design services, from on-site consultations to full landscape designs and planting plans with scale drawings and plant lists. Optionally she also offers project oversight and plant sourcing.  Three Gardens illustrates a few of the many gardens she has designed.

Judith is also an extremely knowledgable gardener with a wealth of  experience in the art and the practicalities of garden making. As part of the design process you are welcome to visit her abundant garden in Goshen, Vermont, where you can peruse different design ideas and plant choices for your own garden.

The pictures on this website were taken, either in Judith’s own garden or in gardens of her clients, by her photographer husband, Dick Conrad. You can see an abundance of pictures of her personal garden at Dick’s North Country Impressions website.

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Garden Design Ideals

A well-designed garden marries the inspirations of the site with the aspirations of the gardener. It is beautiful in every season, as it balances beauty and practicality, form and function.

The well-designed garden is also sustainable and enduring. With plants matched to location, it ages gracefully, providing pleasure both now and for years to come. It becomes your personal sanctuary where you can slow the pace of life and embrace the natural world.

Creating a Garden will give you additional insights into Judith’s personal landscape and garden design philosophy.

Garden writer and speaker

Judith writes extensively about her love of gardens on her companion website, North Country Reflections where you will find a wealth of ideas and photographs to stimulate your thinking. She also authors a gardening column for the Vermont Country Sampler and for the Addison County Independent, and she has been published in Horticulture Magazine.

She give talks, seminars and workshops on many aspects of landscape and garden design for a variety of organizations, including garden clubs and Master Gardener chapters, and she is a guest lecturer for the Vermont Master Gardener course where she teaches Sustainable Home Landscaping. All her talks are illustrated with beautiful photographs of Vermont gardens.

She is a Vermont Certified Horticulturist and a Vermont Master Gardener. She is also a member of Green Works (The Vermont Nursery & Landscape Association), the Garden Writers Association, the Perennial Plant Association and the New England Wildflower Society.