Most of what I know about Nature, gardening, landscaping, environmentalism,
conservation and organic farming, I learned from my father – Leonard. He was a
professional landscaper and an avid organic gardner. When I was a young boy
he worked as a garden specialist at a Darien, CT plant nursery. He later opened
his own, successful, organic health food store – LEONARD’S ECO-FARMS –
in Westport, CT.
When I was around 4-5 years old, my dad started me out in gardening by giving
me my own 15′ x 15′ square plot of backyard garden to plant & maintain. He
often took me for long natures hikes in the woods near our Norwalk, CT home.
He would always point out and name all the plant, flower & tree species around us;
even in car rides and vacations. He loved to point out all the facets and histories
of the natural surroundings we passed through.
In short, my dad Leonard passed on his green thumb to me.
In my youth I worked taking care of neighbors yards & gardens – mowing lawns,
watering, etc. While in high school and college, I worked at various landscaping/gardening
jobs around Fairfield County, CT – gaining much horticultural experience along the way.
After college, as a performing musical artist, I moved to Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
Around 2009 I founded “Gardens by Robert”, as part of my sole-owned arts-design business
With no advertising or promotion,
my garden design & maintenance work for Manhattan homes
& businesses quickly spread by word of mouth. “Gardens by Robert”
is now my full time day job.
Below: “Serenade” Nature photo slideshow homage. Featuring Robert Urban’s musical arrangement of “Serenade for Flute, Violin, Viola, Cello and Harp, Op. 30, 1st movement” (1925) by Albert Roussel. All photos taken by R. Urban at EASTON MOUNTAIN retreat in Greenwich, NY.