Stephen Coan LLC At Ferret Hollow Gardens
I'm Stephen Coan, an ecological landscape designer, artist, consultant, and owner of Stephen Coan LLC at Ferret Hollow Gardens. www.ferrethollowgardens.com . . . I create beautiful ecologically friendly gardens and landscapes from small backyard gardens to large institutional projects.
Located at Collingswood's Ferret Hollow Gardens and a member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) and the National Wildlife Federation, Stephen Coan of Stephen Coan LLC at Ferret Hollow Gardens is an ecological landscape design artist that is certified by Longwood Gardens in Landscape Design and Ornamental Horticulture. He exclusively provides landscape design, garden design, land art, plant lists, consulting, and project management services for public, residential, commercial, meadow, native plant gardens, rain gardens, and wildlife habitat projects using sustainable green practices with a combination of native and ornamental plant species that are site appropriate for the soil and lighting conditions. He specializes in landscape and outdoor living design, garden coaching and consulting, organic, green, and sustainable landscapes, gardens, water features, custom stone, wood and metal work, benches, arbors, land sculptures, land forming, lighting, rain gardens and wildlife habitat gardens.
Stephen is spearheading the effort to have the town of Collingswood, NJ, designated as a Certified Community Wildlife Habitat through the National Wildlife Federation. "A community Wildlife Habitat is a community that provides habitat for wildlife, butterflies, birds, etc, throughout the community. To be a certified Community Wildlife Habitat individual backyards, balconies, school grounds, places of worship, businesses, parks, multi-acre tracts of land, etc. must offer food, water, shelter, and a place for raising young to beneficial insects or animals.
Stephen is a garden writer for the Patch. Patch.com "a (national) community-specific news, information and engagement platform driven by passionate and experienced new media professionals" with over 1,000 different town websites across America and counting. His articles appear in towns across Southern New Jersey and South Eastern Pennsylvania. Garden and Landscape Articles.
The latest conceptual land art/forming design project of Stephen Coan LLC at Ferret Hollow Gardens is a large Equinoctial Labyrinth and Wildlife Habitat being done for the Montessori Academy in Delran, NJ. To read the article about this project: The Labyrinth and Wildlife Habitat Project
Ferret Hollow Gardens is a Certified Wildlife Habitat located in Collingswood, NJ designed, built, and maintained by Stephen Coan. Tours are available by Appointment Only. Please contact Stephen Coan to make an appointment.
Stephen Coan llc at Ferret Hollow Gardens
Stephen Coan, a Philadelphia PA area based landscape designer, artist and adventurer. Born in Philadelphia and grew up in Wallingford, PA. He’s a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Art, where he studied under Ben Lifson, Alida Fish, Peter Rose, Ron Walker, Gene Baguskas, and Al Ignari. After college, acting upon a suggestion from photographer Burt Corman, he apprenticed under Seymour Mednick, a disciple of Alexi Brodovich of the Bauhaus.
He has studied and and is certified by Longwood Gardens in Landscape Design and Ornamental Horticulture and is trained in ecological and sustainable landscape practices. He is the creator, owner, and care taker of Ferret Hollow Gardens, a certified wildlife habitat garden using many native and ornamental butterfly and bird attracting plants.
As an adventurer, he has taken his still and motion cameras throughout North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe. He is a retired semi-pro downhill mountain bike racer, an accomplished ice climber, rock climber, mountaineer, backpacker, sea kayaker and has also sailed and crewed on historic tall ships. One of his favorite places to climb is The Bugaboos in British Columbia Canada, calling it an "amazingly beautiful place."
He has taught at the University of the Arts, been a guest lecturer at a number of other colleges and schools, and has been the mentor to numerous college students from around the country through college student intern programs. He has been and remains on the Academic Advisory Board for the Photography Department of the Philadelphia Art Institute for many years and had contributed to the development of their four-year BFA program in photography.
As a classically trained artist he has worked with many different mediums depending upon the concept and what the execution of the ideas call for from jewelry to clocks, hand built clay, woodworking, furniture, land art, landscape design, photo, film, computers, sound, sculpture, etc. For many years now he has been focusing on land art and landscape design with his favorite project being done for the Montessori Academy of a conceptual labyrinth and wildlife habitat that is based upon the sunrises & sunsets of the equinox's and solstice's and the passage of time.
He has received international recognition in both Communication Arts and Graphis and has received three Philly Gold Awards. He was an associate producer on an award winning indie feature film "My Best Friends Wife" starring John Stamos and Daniel London. One of his patrons writes, “Stephen Coan's images capture the spirit of his subjects with style, substance and story that is uniquely his own.”
As a conceptual artist he has been working upon a large scale project since 2004 that is based upon the melding of the different concepts and philosophies of Chaos Theory, “M” Theory or Super String Theory, and Quantum Mechanics and how they relate to the inception, organization, and presentation of ideas and thought. He has published a signed limited edition book titled “QuantuM Chaos” that contains the allegorical imagery of these concepts using clouds to represent the formative, mutable, and transitory nature of thought and existence.
His work has been represented nationally and internationally in many solo and group exhibitions and is contained in many public and private collections.
For a link to the fine photography projects of Stephen Coan: Coanfinephotography.com