Apiary Studio


Landscape Architectural Services

We provide landscape architectural services in a broad range of environments. From rural farmsteads and wild preserves to  city rooftops and public spaces, we are comfortable working in environmentally sensitive areas as well as technically challenging urban environments. A description of our design process can be found here.  We provide the following standard landscape architectural services:


Horticultural Consulting

With a focus on the use of biodiverse and regionally appropriate flora, we believe that there is a right plant for every situation and that city environments contain untapped opportunities for both gardens and habitat creation in the most unlikely settings. Although we do not specify the use of native plants exclusively, our goal is to design beautiful and sustainable landscapes that support wildlife and provide four-season interest. We specialize in utilizing and capitalizing upon existing site and climactic conditions, specifically plants that can tolerate and thrive in lean soil, periodic drought, and seasonal temperature extremes. We also advise on productive landscapes, nursery facility design, and plant procurement.


Non-Profit Consulting & Environmental Planning

Apiary Studio has a penchant for non-profit partners and clients, and is uniquely qualified to meet organizations where they are at conceptually and financially to achieve efficient and successful outcomes. Having worked for three and a half years at the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, Hans has extensive experience in nonprofit management, environmental program development and strategic planning. Hans can provide consulting to environmental nonprofit organizations in the following service areas: environmental assessments, urban forestry, volunteer program development, strategic coalition building, grant writing and fundraising.


Construction, Installation & Landscape Maintenance

Hans has a lifetime of experience in nursery production and landscape installation, as well as time spent working in carpentry and subcontractor management. He is as comfortable with a hammer and shovel in his hands as with a pencil and paper. Apiary Studio offers a spectrum of landscape installation and maintenance services as well as the design and construction of small structures. Implementing proper maintenance procedures is particularly important if a landscape is to be guided towards reaching its fullest potential. We can also produce detailed and illustrated maintenance manuals for clients who wish to manage the evolution of their landscape in house.


Nursery Production and Plant Trials

We are slowly rolling out a nursery at our facility in Germantown, Philadelphia, which grows native and urban-adaptive herbaceous plant species in small container sizes for use in our own projects that are difficult to source locally. We also field-test new plants, growing techniques, and materials in our demonstration and trial plots on site, which will be open for public view and evaluation at a future date.