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Your Tri-County PA Eco-Conscious Landscape Contractors

Bringing Beauty

and Eco-Friendly Techniques Together

Great landscaping starts with a passion for plants, and Eco-Chic Gardens was founded on that passion and backed by extensive knowledge and experience. For founders Kimberly Lock and Ann Laughlin, sustainable, bio-diverse landscaping is not only the ecologically responsible thing to do, it's a way to bring joy to people and help them connect with nature. Eco-Chic Gardens designs, installs, and maintains beautiful, functional outdoor spaces for living, working, and recreational environments.

Since 2007, Kimberly, Ann, and their highly-skilled landscape contractor team have been helping people bring their landscaping dreams to life in New Hope, Pennsylvania, and the surrounding area. Superior plant knowledge in combination with hardscape installation expertise ensures you get the space that best suits your land and your lifestyle, and our commitment to communication keeps the Eco-Chic team in close contact with you during the design and installation process. We're happy to answer any questions you have before, during, and after our work to ensure your 100% satisfaction with the project, and look forward to building a trusted relationship with every one of our clients. Contact us to learn more about Eco-Chic Gardens and what we can do for you.

Our Mission

Eco-Chic Gardens, LLC is dedicated to the beautification and ecologically responsible stewardship of the landscape. We are committed to the utilization of bio-diverse and sustainable landscape practices, thus promoting a sophisticated and healthy outdoor lifestyle for our New Hope, Pennsylvania clients in their living, working, and recreational environments. We understand and value, the investment our clients have made in their landscapes, and pledge to provide them with the best horticultural services available.

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Meet

Kimberly Lock and Ann Laughlin, Founders and Co-Owners of Eco-Chic Gardens

A passion for plants and a deep love of nature inspired both Kimberly and Ann to leave successful corporate careers to pursue degrees in horticulture. They met during their studies at Temple University, where they realized their friendship and their talents were a perfect match for creating an eco-conscious landscaping company that puts clients first. In 2007, they did exactly that, and since then they've had the joy of creating countless New Hope, PA outdoor spaces.

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Kimberly Lock

Founder and Co-Owner

Kim, along with her business partner Ann Laughlin, co-founded and launched Eco-Chic Gardens in 2007. Her primary duties within the organization include oversight of the financial accounting and day-to-day operations of the business. As a “corporate escapee” and previous business owner, Kim has found the venture she loves. She is well respected for her exceptional organization and intra-personal skills, team building, attention to detail, excellent client relations and extraordinary determination. Kim has cultivated extensive plant knowledge and has amassed multiple accolades as a result of her dedication to many prestigious trade and academic organizations. Her experience is diversified, working on stormwater restoration projects, serving on exhibits at the Philadelphia Flower Show and working on hundreds of unique gardens, great and small. Kim’s formal education was earned from Temple University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture. To remain current in this ever-evolving trade, Kim maintains NOFA accreditation in Organic Land Care and is an active participant in the Leader’s Edge peer group. Kim’s first and finest teacher was her father, a joyful and generous gardener himself. She fondly credits him for planting a seed in her that flourished into a full-blown passion for plants and a desire for a career in Horticulture. Kim also acknowledges her mentor Stephanie Cohen, “The (infamous) Perennial Diva”, for many valuable lessons and treasured time in the garden. As much as she loves getting her hands in the dirt, Kim takes great pride in being a mother and Nana. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and traveling with her best friend and business partner, Ann. She actively participates in a variety of pursuits, including cooking, hiking, swimming, and gardening, and revels in the magic of the arts which seduced her as a child. To this day, Kim gravitates towards music and dance having studied voice, guitar, piano, tap and ballroom dance.

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Ann Laughlin

Founder and Co-Owner

Ann, along with her business partner Kimberly Lock, co-founded and launched Eco-Chic Gardens in 2007. Ann leads the company’s business development through sales and marketing, along with managing human resources and technology. Ann is passionate about the field of horticulture, landscape design and the outdoor environment. She loves “the industry” and has strong leadership and project management skills that she incorporates into her everyday business practices. Plants, horticulture and working in the landscape industry are fun ways to connect people with nature. A true plantswoman who can claim excellence in plant knowledge, Ann is happy to be a mentor to her staff. She has a wealth of practical experience spanning 18 + years of working in residential landscaping, estate gardening, retail nursery sales, and at public gardens. Her background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture from Temple University where she graduated with honors and NOFA accreditation in Organic Land Care. Since this profession always offers something new to learn, Ann continually pursues educational programs to keep abreast of the latest industry trends. One way she achieves this is through active participation in the Leader’s Edge peer group. She strongly believes in a healthy environment and lives this out by supporting local groups like the Wissahickon Trails, Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, and membership in the American Horticultural Society. But, “plants are not her only passion.” When she is not working you can usually find her spending time with loved ones, at the yoga studio or engaging in outdoor activities like walking her dogs, biking or running. To unwind, she enjoys good books, usually garden related (she just can’t help it!)

Meet the

Eco-Chic Gardens Team

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Andrew Welch

Crew Leader

Andrew is the Crew Leader for Eco-Chic Gardens’ Installation Crew. As a third-generation stonemason he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to every project which he is assigned. His eye for detail and perfectionism produces the kind of high-quality work that our clients expect. Extremely dependable, Andrew shows up for work on time, every day, and works his hardest. In addition to a seasoned career in masonry, Andrew has a Bachelors of Science in Horticulture which he earned from Temple University, Class of ’98. He is a family man, happiest hanging with the family which consists of his wife, young son and daughter. Andrew gathers inspiration from working with plants. As a plant collector himself, he believes that working with plants and nature allows you to learn something new every day.

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Annmarie O’Brien

Crew Leader

Annmarie has an extensive knowledge of landscape plants and knows how to expertly care for them. She willingly shares her knowledge with her co-workers to help them learn and gain the ability to be confident in the landscape. Even though she is well versed in horticulture, she is always eager to learn new information. Annmarie is well educated, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture from Temple University where she graduated from in 2007, Magna Cum Laude and is also PA State Certified Horticulturalist (PCH). She has continually worked in the green industry and has experience in plant nurseries, teaching, landscaping, container gardening, and interior tropical plants. Annmarie finds joy during the summer in her veggie garden when the plants are producing and “all the little bees and buggies are flying around in the sunlight.” She’s also extremely happy watching her children do things that make them happy. Travelling with her boyfriend to different countries and seeing the vegetation there also gives her great pleasure. She enjoys cooking, “just not all the time!” Annmarie draws her inspiration from her family and boyfriend: her father with his love for all his family; her child with autism who works so diligently, “over and over,” to achieve what most of us take for granted; her younger son who has volunteered to be a lunch buddy in the autistic support classroom at his school so, as he says, “maybe he can learn some ways to help his brother”.

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Catharine Farnen

Sales Lead

We are happy to welcome Catharine as the newest addition to our Sales team. Her years of expertise combined with her inclination for detail, extensive knowledge of construction and plant materials, and an impeccable eye for design will help to ensure that each Eco-Chic Gardens client receives top-notch customer service. She gets much satisfaction working with people and taking them through a project from start to finish.   Catharine is a Registered Landscape Architect in PA and has accomplished educational training programs covering construction documentation technologies and green roof sustainability practices. Catharine is challenged by “bringing new life to old things”, and accomplishes this by working on both interior and exterior renovation projects, refinishing furniture, and rejuvenating landscapes. In her free time, Catharine enjoys outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, kayaking, and gardening. On a deeper level, she draws inspiration from taking care of others and her faith. 

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Eric Korn

Landscape Crews Supervisor

Eric has 20 years’ worth of experience in various aspects of the green industry including sales, management, design-build, and fieldwork, backed with a Bachelor of Science in Ornamental Horticulture from Temple University. He also holds a Master’s degree in Ecological Landscape Design. Even though he has a wealth of practical knowledge and experience, he considers himself teachable, for in this industry there is always something new to learn. Eric joins our staff as Landscape Crews Supervisor and we believe that he will be an outstanding leader. He is a team player who is not afraid to get his hands dirty or assist with problem-solving, taking satisfaction in seeing a project through from conception to completion. When not hard at work, Eric enjoys spending time with his daughter. He stays active by learning new things and being outdoors backpacking, hiking, or camping along the Appalachian Trail, always taking inspiration from nature. Some of his other hobbies include whittling wood and practicing jiu-jitsu. We warmly welcome Eric into the Eco-Chic Gardens family. 

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Kara Lugar

Landscape Architecture & Design

As a Landscape Architect and Designer, Kara produces outstanding designs that give new life to our clients’ outdoor living spaces. In addition to this, she works as a salesperson and project manager for Eco-Chic Gardens. Her strongest skills are as a designer and she loves seeing projects through from conception to completion. Kara has earned her Masters of Landscape Architecture from Rutgers University. She is also a certified Master Gardener and brings five years of experience at a native plant nursery to her position. Ever the plant enthusiast, Kara possesses an “unnecessarily detailed” memory for random bits of plant trivia. While not hard at work, Kara most enjoys anything outdoors: gardening, building things, skiing, and diving, but is also very happy to curl up with a book. Kara cares greatly about the natural environment, biodiversity and ecosystem health and incorporates these principles whenever possible.

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Luis Gonzalez

Landscape Tech

Luis plays a key role in supporting the crew as a Landscape Technician. He takes pride in his work, always keeping his assigned truck and trailer neat and organized. Luis brings a positive mindset to his team and can be counted on to tackle a multitude of challenges in the field. In addition, his ability to stay focused and on-point serves to increase overall crew productivity. With a keen eye for detail, Luis is invaluable when performing fine gardening tasks that our clients expect to receive. He has been a dependable member of the Eco-Chic field staff for approximately 4 years where he has received an on-the-job education in horticulturally correct practices. As a creative person, following his dream as an artist brings him the most joy. He is innovative and a visionary. We are grateful for the many talents Luis shares with the Eco-Chic family.

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Marilyn Amos

Finance Supervisor

Marilyn has been a loyal employee for many years, and is truly the cornerstone of Eco-Chic Gardens. She oversees the accounting entry functions for the business, and is responsible for financial reporting. Her wealth of experience spanning 25+ years is invaluable to us. While taking bookkeeper classes in the evening, a CPA instructed her on accounting principles, general ledger accounts and how to prepare financial statements. (All this was before computers when entries were recorded manually!) Marilyn played an integral part in transferring a manual accounting system into a computer program with her former employer. She believes the hands-on training she received doing this was more valuable than accounting classes. Marilyn is happiest when she is visiting her family in Missouri. “Their family game nights are mayhem!” At home in Pennsylvania she enjoys reading and since Covid began, she has finished several jigsaw puzzles. Marilyn most admires veterans. She is an active auxiliary member of both the VFW and American Legion where she has served as past President and is currently a Treasurer. “These groups do so much to honor Vets,” Marilyn says. As another way of contributing her time, Marilyn participates in community events. She also makes raffle baskets for fundraisers and finds doing this very rewarding.

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Miguel Gonzalez

Lead Hand

Miguel is a Lead Hand for our Installation Crew. His hard work and dedication make him the backbone of this crew’s day-to-day operation. A real team player, we can count on Miguel to bring his good-natured personality and wit to the job every day. We’ve also found him to be a quick learner who is not afraid to take on challenges. Prior to coming to work for Eco-Chic Gardens, Miguel was certified to work with asbestos for construction demolition. In his current role, he has earned his certification for Concrete Paver Installation from the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPE). When Miguel has down time you can usually find him with his brother Luis at their favorite local fishing spots. Next to this, spending time at home with his family makes him the happiest. The traits of honesty, loyalty and diligence best describe Miguel and his work ethic.

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Timothy Holmes

Crew Leader

Tim is the newest addition to our field staff as Landscape Crew Leader. He enthusiastically tackles the physical challenges of the job while still paying attention to detail and consistency on every project he oversees. Tim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Rowan University, class of 2007. Prior to acquiring his position with Eco-Chic Gardens, Tim worked at a physical therapy office. This became the catalyst for Tim’s career change decision. He was tired of “sitting behind a desk all day” and wanted to pursue a career that would be more rewarding as well as physically challenging. When he’s not hard at work, Tim enjoys spending time at home with his family.

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Wendy Preston

Bookkeeper/Administrative Assistant

Wendy is the most recent addition to the Eco-Chic Gardens team and we couldn’t be happier to have her on board. She fills the dual roles of bookkeeper and administrative support. Her outstanding management and people skills make her our go-to person for a multitude of tasks. She is detail oriented and has an excellent sense of urgency which is helpful when having to prioritize matters in a fast-paced environment. In an effort to expand and strengthen her skills, Wendy is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting through Strayer University. Her 17 years of experience in retail management and client services make her the perfect fit for her current role at Eco-Chic Gardens. When she’s not working or studying Wendy enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and children, and painting with watercolors and acrylics.

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From Design to Maintenance

with Eco-Conscious Landscape Contractors

Not all landscaping companies take the time to focus on sustainable practices. At Eco-Chic Gardens, it's our job to minimize our ecological footprint. In everything we do, we aim to use only the most sustainable practices, providing exceptional results for you and the land beneath you. To learn more about our practices, visit our services page.

Landscape Design

The design process is your opportunity to put your unique touch on your landscaping project. We want you to love where you live, so you'll always be an important part of the design process.

Landscape Installation

Landscape installation can have a negative impact on the environment if it's not done right. We take special care to ensure the integrity of your property and respect the natural resources.

Landscape Maintenance

Regular maintenance is important for healthy, long-lasting landscaping. While appearance is important, pests, disease, and extreme weather can affect the longevity of your landscape. We have landscape maintenance packages that monitor these issues, as well as other maintenance to maintain your hardscapes.

Find Out What Our Clients Are Saying

Superior plant knowledge and a dedication to open communication is what makes our clients continue to work with us and send us referrals. Take a look at feedback from some of our recent clients.

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Want to Become an Eco-Conscious Landscaper?

Do you love the outdoors and enjoy building beautiful spaces? Do you have a passion for horticulture? Do you care about how you interact with our environment? If so, we'd love to meet you. Visit our careers page to learn more about our current openings.

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Service Area

Contractors for the Philadelphia Area

Though our primary office is located in Ivyland, we love to get to know our neighbors. Our service area is the Tri-County Pennsylvania area including these cities:

  • Philadelphia
  • Washington Crossing
  • Doylestown
  • Newtown
  • Ambler
  • Lower Gwynedd
  • Huntingdon Valley