Green Art is a landscape design firm owned and operated by Kittery, Maine-based artist and designer Thomas Berger.
Berger grew up in a rural town on the Moselle river in Germany, where he developed a deep passion for the beauty of nature. After obtaining degrees in agriculture and economic development, his professional career as an agronomist brought Berger to France, Australia, the Republic of Niger, and back to Germany. During this time, Berger was also an active artist, participated in art exhibitions in various parts of Germany, and designed postal stamps for the government of Niger. In the mid 1990s, Berger moved to the United States, where he founded Green Art.
Through a fusion of beauty, sustainability, and practicality, Berger focuses on creating spaces in which individuals and nature can interact harmoniously. As a naturalist, he is guided by the western tradition of scientific observation of nature, but also influenced by the artistic concepts of East Asia, which emphasize simplicity of form and focus only on what is essential. Berger has received a multitude of awards both for his landscape design and his artwork. His designs can be found in private and public locations in New England and beyond.
Thomas Berger provides landscape design services to residential and commercial customers, as well as public institutions. His garden designs are marked by a unique harmony between different natural elements, particularly the combination of plants and stone. They are functional, sustainable, and full of natural beauty. Berger specializes in creations that enhance our relationship with nature and spirituality, including Zen gardens, designs influenced by Chinese and Japanese traditions, children's gardens, and the creation of habitats for wildlife in urban areas.
Fees: $60 per hour
In his consulting work, Thomas Berger offers solutions for landscaping and design problems, including property layout, site amelioration, plant choices, the installation of paths, driveways, and retaining walls, and the enrichment of gardens as habitats for wildlife.
Fees: $120 for first hour, $60 for each following hour (please have payment ready at time of consulting visit)
Berger offers presentations about a wide variety of design and garden-related topics, including gardening with native species, insect and wildlife gardens, and the life cycles and habitat requirements of native bees.