Photo by Heather Wolf


About Cindy Goulder


Garden and landscape designer, gardening instructor, and ecological restoration practitioner, Cindy Goulder is also a permaculturist, community gardener, nature lover,

and long-time Brooklynite.


Cindy's career started in the design and care of large, colorful English-style perennial borders and rose gardens on Greenwich Connecticut estates, grew to include woodland, meadow, water, and rock gardens, spread out into whole suburban and rural residential landscapes from the Adirondacks to Eastern Long Island, then leapt the garden wall to delve into ecological restoration. 


Since the mid-90s, Cindy has been providing planting design and installation supervision

on ecological restoration projects for NYC government agencies, reconstructing coastal wetlands, woodlands, and grassland meadows. At the same time, she continues to provide design, installation, and management planning services for urban homeowners and community gardeners, helping them create their dream gardens. Cindy has designed and led stewardship planting projects for the NYC Parks Department and Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy and written an educational booklet about the nature of the Brooklyn Bridge Park shoreline.


Today she brings it all together: landscape/garden design, ecology, and  horticulture, adding a dash of permaculture. In the last decade, edible/medicinal/pollinator plantings, rain gardens, "hugelkultur", food forest gardens, and permaculture-inspired techniques have been added to her repertoire.  She enjoys nature photography as a way of observing nature, and she proudly serves as lead gardener of her Brooklyn neighborhood community garden.


Cindy holds a Masters of Science degree in Biological Sciences - Ecology from Fordham University. She studied landscape design and horticulture at the New York Botanical

Garden, studied environmental and natural sciences at the University of Washington,

and has taken professional courses at Rutgers University Cook College and Harvard
Graduate School of Design. Her Permaculture Design Certificate is from Whole Systems Design in Vermont. 

All photos on this website are taken by and © Cindy Goulder except where indicated.