About Us

About Us

Urban Explorations is proud of its professional and talented staff. Our friendly, conscientious and knowledgeable staff is always ready to answer your New York City gardening questions. High standards and commitment to servicing your garden needs are evidenced by consistently successful results in the finished landscape.

about-1-horizThe company’s founder and president, Patricia Olmstead has been in the landscaping business for over twenty years in NYC. Her love for the natural landscape and desire to recreate spaces in urban surroundings arose from her earlier life-experiences in the rural Midwest. Her skill at designing gardens in metropolitan settings can also be credited to a solid base; merging aesthetics and practical work experience.

about-2-vertPatricia has a Certificate in Landscape Design from the New York Botanical Garden. In 2008 she completed her Horticultural Therapy Certification from the renowned Chicago Botanical Garden Healing Arts Program. She learned how “evidence based design” could increase the health and wellbeing of both patients and their families. Pat also holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and is an ASCP Registered Microbiologist. From 1992–1997 she taught Historic Houses at the New School for Social Research. Her articles about the value and preservation of gardens in the urban environment have appeared in several publications. New York Newsday heralded her as a model of the entrepreneurial spirit in April 1993.

about-twoRecently, Urban Explorations’ staff was trained to implement green-roof design. Ongoing education and learning is valued, creating a more motivated staff and inspiring a new generation to be aware of their responsibility to the environment and their community in New York City..

We are proud of our accomplishments and memberships.

  • Graduate of 10,000 businessesGoldman100
  • Certified: Therapeutic Garden Designer – Enabling Gardens
  • Certificate: Landscape Design: NYBG
  • Member of American Society of Landscape Designers
  • Member of the New York and National Audubon Society
  • Member Wild Birdlife Fund
  • Member NYS Nursery and Landscape Association
  • Metro Hort Group
  • ASCP Registered Microbiologist
  • Certified Nursery Landscape Professional
  • Certified Street Pruner
  • Member Long Island City Partnership
  • Member Long Island City/Astoria Chamber of Commerce
  • Certified: Women Business Enterprise (Pending)