Judith Irven

Vermont Landscape and Garden Designer

Helping people create beautiful gardens

I am an empathetic and experienced Vermont landscape and garden designer and for the past 15 years I have been creating New England gardens that will enhance people’s lives and enrich their spirits.

I provide 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 I can also provide plant sourcing and project oversight.  Three Gardens illustrates a few of the many gardens I have designed.

I also maintain a large garden surrounding our home in Goshen, Vermont where, as part of the design process, you are welcome to peruse design ideas and plant choices. Most of the pictures on this website were taken in our garden by my photographer husband, Dick Conrad, with the remainder showing client’s gardens. You can see an abundance of pictures of our garden at his North Country Impressions website.


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 my landscape and garden design ideals.

Garden writer and speaker

I write extensively about my philosophy and love of gardens on my companion website, North Country Reflections where you will find a wealth of ideas and photographs to stimulate your thinking. I also write a monthly column for the Vermont Country Sampler and have been published in Horticulture Magazine.

I 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 I am a guest lecturer for the Vermont Master Gardener course. Everything is illustrated with beautiful photographs of Vermont gardens.

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