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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 Outdoor Landscaping

When choosing a plant for any space, it is important to take a variety of factors into consideration. What are the site and light conditions? What is the size of the plant at time of planting, and what will it be in its full&... read more.

  • November 25, 2020

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

The storm has headed out to the reef on “Jaguar Island” in this updated mandala. In place of the storm’s fierce eye a cenote is revealed represented by aqua glass, like a teal jewel being pawed by the jaguars. This evolved mandala continues my exploration of fears by plunging into... read more.

  • November 20, 2020

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

Growth is a very essential part of the natural world. Plants, animals, and all sorts of creatures grow in an effort to expand and explore the world. Growing, learning, and adapting to new environments is something we as people must do in order to thrive. My personal growth has been rooted in my pas... read more.

  • November 11, 2020

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

It was a site challenge I'd never encountered on a 3,000 square foot residential rooftop in New York City's upper West side. The edge of this pre-war rooftop had pavers already installed and left a four-foot border of 1.5" pebbles between the pavers... read more.

  • November 10, 2020

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

Go outside! Remember when your parents use to tell you to go “outside and play”? Usually it was just to get you out of there hair, but it turned out to be some very good advice. It’s a healthy activity for you, so I m... read more.

  • November 06, 2020

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

When I was very young, I learned a lesson that I still use to this day. It was much like one of those Disney movie moments where you watch it as a kid and it’s just a funny story but when you re-watch it as an adult, it hits a lot harder. Back in elementary school, I was working on a presentat... read more.

  • November 03, 2020

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

Communication, a tool we use in our everyday life to manage relationships between our families and peers. This is no different when it comes to the business environment, communication is what ultimately drives the center of a business. Being the Business Development Coordinator for John Mini Distinc... read more.

  • October 26, 2020

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

For the past month I’ve been collaborating with 7 other local artists to complete this mural comprised of 65 - 8’x10’ concrete slabs; 520’ long! Called The Wishing Wall, it is a cohesive design of ideas and wishes submitted by the community. Each artist was designated a space... read more.

  • October 20, 2020

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

After a busy week, compounded by 2020 challenges, it’s so important to take a break from the sometimes narrow worlds we find ourselves in—home offices get small, living spaces feel claustrophobic, and worry can make goals seem out of reach. Nature is a car-ride or long walk away. Familia... read more.

  • October 14, 2020

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

We are born to grow, regardless of our hardship.   I have always loved dandelions. Despite being looked down upon as a noxious weed, their vibrant yellow blooms grow proudly from pavement cracks and compacted soil where few other species could ever thrive. They, like the best of us, t... read more.

  • October 05, 2020

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