Just when you thought there would be no end to winter, along comes an early breath of spring. Since it first opened its doors in 2012, King Garden Designs has become a staple in the community, a full service garden design and care practice founded by Irvington resident Charles King Sadler, a leader in the landscape industry. Sadler’s extensive knowledge of plants is derived from ongoing study, world travel and expansive planting experience that helps him in choosing the perfect plants for each garden design – creating successful and beautiful vistas for years to come.
“I’m particularly interested in the rivertown communities,” said Sadler. “They each have their own distinct flavor of architecture, landscapes and Hudson River vistas which call for unique garden designs.”
He pointed out, for example, the riverside lanes of Scarborough, Philipse Manor’s ordered street layout, the high hillside homes in Tarrytown overlooking Haverstraw Bay, the wooded hillside streets and lanes in Irvington overlooking Piermont Marsh and the Tappan Zee and beyond to Dobbs Ferry and Hastings. “They’re all different and that’s why I truly love living and working in the Hudson Valley,” he said.
Creating beautiful landscape designs goes hand in hand with providing top-shelf customer service—whether it’s for residential or commercial clients. Said Sadler, “We personally design and supervise planting construction; creating seamless outdoor living spaces for your property. We hand select materials and supervise all phases of construction and garden care.”
First meetings involve a landscape consultation to discuss the client’s goals, timing and budget, and a formal proposal follows. Key Garden Designs services include expert handling of the entire process—planning and site design, installation and expert pruning of shrubs and trees, specialized garden care, collaboration with other design professionals such as architects, interior designers and engineers. “Our goal is not only to meet—but exceed—our customer’s expectations,” said Sadler. They include many other special garden needs you may or may not have thought of: hedge trimming, training and pruning of espalier and bonsai, care of perennials and the things that complete a garden’s site – the masonry of walls, walks and patios, and all manner of fencing for pergolas, arbors and gates.
Helping him accomplish his customer’s landscape design goals is the wealth of experience Sadler brings to the table. He began his professional horticulture career at the John P. Humes Japanese Stroll Garden in Mill Neck on Long Island’s north shore. From 2004-2007 Sadler did his Masters studies in Landscape Architecture at Syracuse University’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF). Beginning in 2007 and until 2012, Sadler joined talented landscape architectural and garden design practices in northern New Jersey, Fairfield County, and Westchester County.
Each design practice offered a unique learning experience. In New Jersey, Sadler learned the Japanese art of setting stones, pruning techniques and creating traditional Japanese fencing. In Westchester, Sadler gained exceptional plant knowledge working closely with nurseries, and began long-term relationships in the region with masons, stone suppliers, fencing companies and arborists. In Connecticut, Sadler worked on large-scale estate commissions, overseeing landscape construction and sourcing unique specimen plants throughout the Northeast.
Sadler draws artistic inspiration and his company name from his King family legacy dating to the 1700’s in the greater Hudson region. The King family ventured from England to extend its manufacturing operation to the new world, harnessing the power of the Passaic River in Patterson New Jersey. Alexander Hamilton facilitated this business development in 1791.
At home in Irvington, Sadler lives with Leola, and their cocker spaniel, Freckles. “I truly enjoy the local community, taking bike rides along the Old Croton Aqueduct, going to Historical Society events and spending time at the Irvington Library,” said Sadler, who is also a member of the Village Tree Preservation Commission.
For more information, visit King Garden Designs at kinggardendesigns.com. Call 914-907-0246. “Like” King Garden Designs on Facebook.