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About Cindy Goulder

Photo by Heather Wolf


Cindy’s career began in the design and care of large English-style gardens on Greenwich CT estates, grew to add woodland, meadow, rock, and water gardens, expanded into whole residential landscapes from the Adirondacks to Eastern Long Island, then leapt the garden wall to delve into Ecological Restoration. Cindy has provided planting design and installation supervision for NYC government agencies reconstructing coastal wetlands, streambanks, woodlands, and grassland meadows, and she has designed and led stewardship planting projects for NYC Parks Department and Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. She also prepared a highly acclaimed educational booklet about the nature of the Brooklyn Bridge shoreline.


Cindy's current work draws on her experience with a broad range of regionally native plant species and landscape/habitat types. She provides ecological design and ecological site management for homeowners, community organizations,  community gardens, and educational institutions in New York City, called upon especially for her skills in dealing with the challenging conditions unique to city gardens.  She gives workshops and instructs home gardeners and community gardeners in ecologically-based  gardening techniques, and she serves as lead gardener of her neighborhood community garden. 

Professional Education:

          Landscape Design and Horticulture Programs, New York Botanical Garden

          Professional Courses, Rutgers University Cook College,

          Professional Courses,  Harvard Graduate School of Design

          Environmental and Natural Sciences Courses, University of Washington

          Permaculture Design Certificate, Whole Systems Design, VT

          M.S. degree in Biological Sciences/ Ecology, Fordham University


Professional Memberships:

           Ecological Landscape Alliance

           Native Plant Society of New Jersey

           NYBG Landscape Design Students and Alumni Association

           NYC Pollinator Working Group

           MetroHort Group (NYC Tri-state Region)

           Society for Ecological Restoration

           Torrey Botanical Society

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


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