I met Marc Fasanella in 2006 when we were both working as estate gardeners in the Hamptons.
We connected almost immediately in our design aesthetic and landscape philosophies. I appreciate Marc’s sharp eye and attention to detail along with his concern for environmental ethics and integrity in design. Since our initial meeting, our relationship has evolved from horticultural colleagues, through academic mentor and student when I enrolled at Stony Brook University where Marc held a teaching position, to friend, confidant and co-conspirator in environmental advocacy. While at Stony Brook Southampton, Marc and I collaborated as members of the Environmental Aesthetics Committee. In that and other roles I have seen that Marc is deeply committed to advocating for and shaping design standards that are environmentally integrated with exiting landscapes and least impactful on the health of an ecosystem. Over the past thirteen years our professional paths and personal connection has ebbed and flowed, but I have always remained inspired by and connected to Marc’s initiatives. I rely on Marc as a friend and mentor. Whenever I reach out for professional or personal advice, “to bounce an idea off him,” Marc offers his insight and support with enthusiasm. The qualities I most value in Marc are his deep commitment to and passion for his work, his ingenuity, and his optimism. Marc is a talented artist and craftsman, he has constructed a number of stunning indoor and outdoor environments as well as structures which continue to inspire me.
Martha Weller Principal - Garden Environments Inc.
BA in Environmental Design, Policy and Planning - Stony Brook University: 05 / 2011
Certificate in Landscape Design - The New York Botanical Garden: 05 / 2007
Martha has also served as landscape project coordinator for Scenic Designs, Inc. since 2011 implementing municipal landscape projects for the NYC Parks Department and Army Corps of Engineers wetland restoration projects. She has overseen site development initiatives at Hunters Point South Phase I and II in Long Island City, Soundview Park in the Bronx, and the conversion of hundreds of street tree pits to bioswales in Brooklyn.