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A few of our latest projects

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Historic Wyncote

When I began working with the Margerums their 1.5 acre historic property was smothered with English ivy. Their four children had no place to play! Work included: Master Garden Plan Substantial Land clearing and grading Lawn installation and planting of …

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Rydal Contemporary in the Woods

Ms. Tyson’s beautiful wooded acreage needed a garden as creative and colorful as she is. It had lots of mature trees but little color or sense of place. One big issue was privacy from the street. We accomplished all of …

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Elkins Park Victorian

First began working with this family in 2004 by creating a master plan for entire 2+ acres property.  This long term relationship has helped the garden evolve into a beautiful place to be.  Completed projects include: Built a 2 ½’ …

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Pond Side Spectacular

This beautiful 4+ acre property has unique challenges. It includes a natural watershed, with well house and pond, so water management and safe organic horticultural practices to protect the Kio fish are important. The garden has a lot of shade, …

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Petite Arts and Crafts

Created initial master plan in 2005. This garden compliments the arts and crafts style of the home. Projects have included: Removal of 30” diameter Copper Beech tree and large yews smothering entrance. Supervision of pruning large mature canopy of trees. …

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History Meets Youth and Color

The garden around this beautiful 80 yr. old stone home needed a lot of love when I arrived in the spring of 2012. Since the homeowner may think of downsizing in the next five years, all garden upgrades focused on …

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About Us

What you should know

Company Overview

Valerie Designs, LLC is an owner-operated garden design company that designs and installs beautiful functional gardens for homeowners.

 

We select the right plant for the right place. We pride ourselves on listening to your needs and using high quality interesting plant material to transform your property into your personal oasis!

About the Owner

Owner:

  • Valerie Solitrin

 

Education:

  • Tyler School of Art, BFA in painting & design
  • Arcadia University, M Ed.
  • Longwood Gardens Master Gardening Program
  • Morris Arboretum : Continuing Education for Horticultural Professionals
  • Certified Porous Paver Installer

 

Experience:

  • 20 years of managing Solitrin General Contracting, LLC  a residential renovations company
  • Horticultural Teacher: Abington Adult School, Cheltenham Adult School

 

Founded company 2002

Our Services

What we can provide

Garden Design

I produce garden designs for residential properties.  These include all aspects of the property including outdoor lighting, hardscape, driveway and garage alterations, storm water management, outdoor living spaces, fencing, trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and bulbs. Whether you need a project plan or a Master Garden Plan, having a design will make the actual work of garden installation go more smoothly.  It’s always cheaper to make changes on paper than in the midst of a project, so start with a scale drawing that includes everything on your wish list.  Once you have a plan the work can be parsed out into affordable projects over time.

Are you a “Do-It-Yourselfer” who needs some garden coaching? I also offer my expertise as a consultant at an hourly rate.

Garden Installation

We professionally install all manner of plant material including trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals,bulbs and lawns. To prepare for your garden install we also:

  • Clear land of invasive undergrowth
  • Grind tree stumps
  • Remove unwanted or diseased trees
  • Backfill and grade
  • Demo hardscape, old fencing and haul debris
  • Excavate

  • Install water features including ponds and fountains
  • Install outdoor lighting and outlets
  • Install fencing
  • Install underground pipe and water retention systems.
  • Install decks

Hardscape & Stone Work

Flagstone patios, steps, and stone garden walls are a core area of our business. In addition we are certified Porous Paver installers – a fully permeable solution for walkways, driveways and play areas.

Storm Water Management

Do you have a wet basement? Erosion after a heavy rain? Perennial beds that are so wet everything dies?  I offer several tried-and-true storm water management solutions that are affordable and minimally invasive.  These include permeable hardscape surfaces, downspout upgrades and underground percolation basins.  A simple storm water consultation can save you a world of expense and headaches as compared to French drains and the like.

Property Management

I will coordinate and supervise a variety of trades to give you a well managed economical and ecologically responsible landscape.  Whatever your needs are regarding the maintenance of your home’s exterior I can help.
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229 Barker Rd. Wyncote, PA 19095

(215) 356-8010

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