To practice responsible land stewardship through thoughtful and beautiful ecological landscape design.
We believe the great outdoors are essential to the human experience, and our designs invite your interaction with nature. By reconnecting with the natural world, we hope to inspire reverence and protection of our soils, waterways, air, and abundant biodiversity, while reducing toxic exposures and personal stress. We encourage you to seek wildness in your own backyard!
Our Core Values
In all of our work, we uphold our core values of honesty, integrity, knowledge, creativity, innovation and communication.
Our Promise - Ecological Landscape Design
In all of our work, we follow organic standards set by the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA). GJL never uses synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides or insecticides. These traditionally applied toxic chemicals persist in the environment, runoff into our waterways, and compromise the health of families, pets, wildlife, and soil biology.
Stormwater management is essential for water conservation. By capturing and cleaning stormwater on site through rain gardens and bio-retention, we can recharge our aquifers instead of perpetuating runoff, water pollution, and erosion.
Healthy soil = Happy plants! We care for the soil by fostering microbial communities that help plants uptake nutrients. Synthetic chemicals kill microbes and are never used in our work. Instead we use natural fertilizers like shredded leaves, grass clippings, and compost to feed microbial decomposers that, in turn, make nutrients available to plants.
Much of our wild habitats have been compromised by development and we are currently experiencing a great loss of biodiversity. At GJL, we think every landscape is an opportunity to provide habitat and support biodiversity. Many of our properties are NWF Certified Wildlife Habitats that provide food, water and shelter for local fauna. Imagine the joy of a buzzing pollinator garden frequented by butterflies and migrating birds!
Selecting a majority of native plants ensures that we support the local fauna that evolved alongside the flora. Native plants are also hardy in our climate and require fewer inputs, watering, and maintenance. By selecting native, we also do not risk importing alien pests or diseases that can knock out defenseless natives and disrupt ecosystems.
Tackling emissions is hugely important for our planet’s future. Luckily, plants are one of nature’s best carbon-capture systems. Plants secrete CO2 through photosynthesis, and the microbial exchange stores it in the soil as a “carbon sink.” One of the easiest ways to lower your carbon footprint is to plant more plants! GJL is also working towards an all-electric conversion of our landscape equipment to further reduce our emissions footprint.
Recognition & Associations
NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals (AOLCP)
Ecological Landscape Alliance
Bedford 2020 Healthy Yards Program
Rye Healthy Yards contractor
Best in Houzz Service for 2017 and 2018
National Association of Landscape Professionals, (NALP)
CT Association for Wetland Scientists
American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association
Dun & Bradstreet
GJL frequently shares our ecological expertise through speaking engagements and teaching opportunities, including: New York Botanical Garden, Ecological Landscape Alliance, Bedford 2020, Connecticut Association of Conservation and Inland Wetland Comissions, Greenwich Conservation Commission, Rye Healthy Yards, WCC Native Plant Center, Sheldrake Environmental Center, Rye Nature Center, Lions Club International, Greenwich Botanical Center, New Castle Conservation Board, Larchmont Environmental Committee, Greenburgh Nature Center, Federated Conservationists of Westchester County, Omega Institute, CT Nursery & Landscape Association, Mad Gardeners, Westchester Environmental Planning Commission, Perennial Plant Association, Washington, CT Garden Club, International Water Conference, and more. Please contact us directly for lecture opportunities.
Our Service Area
New York (Westchester County and Putnam County)
Ardsley, Armonk, Bedford, Bedford Hills, Brewster, Briarcliff Manor, Bronxville, Chappaqua, Cortlandt Manor, Cross River, Croton Falls, Croton-on-Hudson, Dobbs Ferry, Eastchester, Elmsford, Golden's Bridge, Greenburgh, Harrison, Hartsdale, Hastings-on-Hudson, Hawthorne, Irvington, Katonah, Larchmont, Lewisboro, Mamaroneck, Millbrook, Millwood, Mohegan Lake, Mount Kisco, Mount Pleasant, New Rochelle, North Salem, North White Plains, Pelham, Pleasantville, Pound Ridge, Purchase, Purdys, Rye, Rye Brook, Scarsdale, Sleepy Hollow, Somers, South Salem, Tarrytown, Thornwood, West Harrison, White Plains, Yorktown Heights.
We also offer landscape design development services throughout the Hudson Valley in and around the areas of Millbrook, Millerton, New Paltz and Woodstock, NY.
Connecticut (Fairfield County)
Bridgeport, Brookfield, Danbury, Darien, Easton, Greenwich, Fairfield, New Canaan, New Fairfield, Norwalk, Old Greenwhich, Redding, Ridgefield, Riverside, Rowayton, Southport, Stamford, Weston, Westport, Wilton.
President, Landscape Ecologist
Jay Archer is one of the East Coast's leading advocates for ecological landscaping, native plants, and organic land care. In addition to creative landscape design, construction and management, he has lectured extensively on subjects ranging from rain gardens and storm water management to wetland and ecological restoration. His firm, Green Jay Landscaping, works with homeowners, individuals, schools and communities to improve the landscape environment, while conserving, preserving and protecting our precious natural resources for our children and our children's children. Jay says, "any given living space can be improved aesthetically, ecologically and economically by analyzing and examining the existing conditions, developing a design plan and an action protocol."
As a sailor, Lora developed a love of nature in all its manifestations. In a wonderfully mysterious and satisfying journey, she has developed a unique position to contribute her expertise in financial resource management and not-for-profit service to the ever-evolving ecological landscape movement. With boundless curiosity and generosity of heart, Lora unswervingly strives to achieve Green Jay’s ultimate vision and mission to create models of ecologically sustainable landscape environments.
Vice President of Landscape Development & Marketing
Kathryn’s creative eye and innate curiosity for the natural world meld intuitively in the field of ecological landscaping. She studied landscape design at the New York Botanical Garden and holds a B.A. in Geography from the University of Denver. She joined GJL seeking to reverse environmental degradation in a beautiful way, and she continues to be enamored by the intricacies of ecology around us. Kathryn assists GJL with project management, design renderings, gardening, marketing, and social media. Outside of work, Kathryn enjoys backpacking, climbing, painting, and live music.
Manager: Landscape Construction & Masonry
Atzlan’s love and natural affinity for working with stone is evident in each one of our uniquely artistic projects. It takes a rare ability to combine landscape plants with elements of water and stone. His boundless enthusiasm, love of life and timeless work ethic combine to imbue each landscape with joy. In his free time, Atzlan hones his rare rock and gem collection.
Landscape Foreman: Grounds Maintenance