Ben Eaton brings to his work a love of the land and the materials he uses to give it shape, imbuing every project with a profound sense of place.
An accomplished master landscape designer and stone mason, Secret Gardener chief horticulturist Ben Eaton learned his trade by doing.
Ben Eaton: Bluestone pool patio: Old Chatham, New York.
From a one-man garden-care operation launched in Old Chatham in 1989 to the steadily growing Hudson-based landscaping and masonry business that currently boasts 11 full-time employees.
The Nursery at dusk. 250 Warren Street, Hudson, New York.
The Secret Gardener is thriving like the gardens Ben Eaton designs, installs and tends.
Eaton “fell in love with plants,” he says, over twenty years ago, when serendipity led him to a job working at Wendover Farm Nurseries. He has never looked back. Stonework came next. He built his first dry-laid stone wall for his father.
The Secret Gardener then put down roots in Hudson in 1993 (in the building that now houses Café Le Perche), and the nursery followed in 1998, when Eaton purchased the lot on Warren Street that serves as a showcase for his work.
Many a customer has stumbled in off the sidewalk, drawn in by the peaceful green space, articulated by gravel paths only to become a decades-long client.