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With over 40 years of experience pushing the limits of landscaping, John Mini designs, constructs and maintains indoor, outdoor, and holiday landscapes for corporate and commercial clients in the Tri-State area.

By John Mini Distinctive Landscapes, Posted in What's Happening At John Mini

    ¨Be not afraid of growing, be afraid of standing still“                                    ... read more.

  • September 18, 2020

By John Mini Distinctive Landscapes, Posted in What's Happening At John Mini

Mandalas are often called the window to the soul because they often are expressions of our true nature or the true center of our cosmos.  They typically have repetitive symbols in an integrated structure organized around a unifying center. A Tibetan Buddhist description... read more.

  • September 14, 2020

By John Mini Distinctive Landscapes, Posted in What's Happening At John Mini

Something you don't see as often in the landscape design field anymore are hand sketches. These days, designs, renders and layouts are made on a computer AutoCAD program and for us, it's no different. But drawing is a talent and a form of art that should never be forgotten. Whether it's a design for... read more.

  • August 26, 2020

By John Mini Distinctive Landscapes, Posted in What's Happening At John Mini

We are born to grow in all aspects of life. In recent months I have spent more time thinking about what I want to teach my kids about food and how we use the outdoor space we have efficiently. I recently turned a grass lawn into a place to grow and teach them about food. I always had a passion for t... read more.

  • August 19, 2020

By John Mini Distinctive Landscapes, Posted in What's Happening At John Mini

Juan Lopez started with John Mini in spring of 2016 as a Foreman's assistant, with little to no knowledge of plants and the landscape industry.  After 3 years of hard work, listening and learning, Juan absorbed the language of our industry, just like roots taking in nourishment from the soil.&n... read more.

  • August 14, 2020

By John Mini Distinctive Landscapes, Posted in What's Happening At John Mini

Long before any garden, roof terrace, or courtyard is built and enjoyed, a designer is tasked with a problem to solve.  The first step in the process is to familiarize themselves with a space and perform a site analysis.  You may not be familiar with the term, however, you probably do this... read more.

  • August 11, 2020

By John Mini Distinctive Landscapes, Posted in What's Happening At John Mini

https://vimeo.com/445723376 Regional Account Manager, Andrew Engel, shares this calming footage of his personal live moss wall and philodendron plant. His careful attention helps to nurture these plants and keep them thriving as they in return, keep him thriving.          ... read more.

  • August 07, 2020

By John Mini Distinctive Landscapes, Posted in What's Happening At John Mini

Our talented Senior Designer, Jack Mascharka, gives us a glimpse of how he draws inspiration from the most unexpected sources to create beautiful landscape designs. His experience working in fashion has proven a 'seamless' transition into his landscape career. Here, shattered glass has transformed i... read more.

  • August 05, 2020

By John Mini Distinctive Landscapes, Posted in What's Happening At John Mini

The Merriam-Webster dictionary has multiple definitions for the word ‘Explore’ but the one that rings the most true for me is: ‘To travel over new territory for adventure or discovery’ Throughout my career at John Mini, I have been able to grow and learn by tapping into the... read more.

  • July 29, 2020

By John Mini Distinctive Landscapes, Posted in What's Happening At John Mini

See below how our Indoor Installations Supervisor, Jack Farrell, turns stress into creativity through his impressive artistic talents.            In Japanese culture both the snake and the fox are symbols of transformation, cunning, and intelligence. I have them "bat... read more.

  • July 24, 2020

By John Mini Distinctive Landscapes, Posted in What's Happening At John Mini

This bold and beautiful art piece was shared by our in house designer, Samantha Barrett. Through this time lapse video, she shows us how she uses unconventional materials to make this portrait come to life. "With my academic background being in fine arts and my professional background being in hort... read more.

  • July 15, 2020

By John Mini Distinctive Landscapes, Posted in Outdoor Landscaping

March marks the start of spring, an ideal time for companies to brilliantly recondition their landscaping and optimize commercial attraction. Whether you need to enlighten with indoor scenery, invigorate with outdoor landscapes, or inspire with holiday installations, John Mini has an extensive portf... read more.

  • March 05, 2020

By John Mini Distinctive Landscapes, Posted in Outdoor Landscaping

The Romantic Movement (late 18th to mid-19th c.) began in Europe while France was erupting into revolution. As ideas of liberation swept across the continent, a legion of eccentrics bathed themselves in the wonders of nature and drank from the wells of love. Romantics loved winding trails, oppo... read more.

  • February 17, 2020

By John Mini Distinctive Landscapes, Posted in Outdoor Landscaping

The affection of Valentine’s Day has ancient roots. Originating in the Roman festival of Lupercalia, it began as a celebration of purification, fertility, and the coming of spring. At the end of the 5th century, the Roman festival experienced a name change when Pope Gelasius rebranded it to co... read more.

  • February 03, 2020

By John Mini Distinctive Landscapes, Posted in Indoor Landscaping

The incredible convenience of digital technology has introduced some unintended stressors to our lives sometimes called “technostress,” a disorder caused by an inability to deal healthfully with new computer technologies. Researchers, however, are learning that interaction with indoor pl... read more.

  • December 20, 2019

By John Mini Distinctive Landscapes, Posted in Outdoor Landscaping

As the holidays wind down, you start thinking about the new year. The holidays serve as a thankful reminder of a great past year, but you still want to make ideal changes. January is a perfect time to start planning your new year’s garden. Since there’s not much work yet to do outdoors,... read more.

  • December 17, 2019

By John Mini Distinctive Landscapes, Posted in Outdoor Landscaping

The word Zen has become synonymous with a kind of mental repose that hectic society envies and craves like a tropical vacation. First introduced to Japan from China in the 12th century, Zen is a school of Mahayana Buddhism that accentuates the value of meditation and intuition, leading to boost in m... read more.

  • December 09, 2019

By John Mini Distinctive Landscapes, Posted in Indoor Landscaping

From improving mental health and increasing creativity to cleaning air and reducing noise, indoor planting seems to have an endless range of benefits. And studies are backing that up. “Plants can efficiently remove pollutants and improve indoor air quality,” says one group of researchers... read more.

  • December 02, 2019