Photo: Heather Newman MacKinnon

SweetFern Garden Design specializes in colorful, ecologically-based perennial and shrub gardens.  


Some gardeners are looking for a quiet refuge, others for a long-lasting exuberant display of color, or for plants that attract wildlife.  My focus is on creating gardens that meet my client's varied goals, while at the same time nurturing all the other life that shares our space - from birds and butterflies to lowly soil organisms.  

In an ecologically based garden, plants are selected to thrive in existing garden conditions without lots of extra inputs, such as fertilizer, pesticides, or water.  And, just as in nature, many plants play more than one role.  For example, a plant with beautiful flowers might also attract pollinators and provide edible fruit.

Both my plant choices as well as the techniques I use, are picked with care to provide long-lasting beauty and health to every landscape.  

I look forward to hearing from you, whether your available space is a few square feet by your front door, or a large backyard.


Note: I have recently completed a permaculture design course.  Please visit my permaculture page for more information!



Services offered

  • Garden design
  • Installation
  • Renovation
  • Consultation
  • Maintenance
  • Permaculture design & consultation

Certified Master Gardener and Permaculture Designer


Sarah Wolpow   *   (207) 721-0941   *   *   45 Page St., Brunswick, ME 04011