kokobo greenscapes’ “BIG Move”

Our New Home

BIG Move

Last fall, kokobo greenscapes moved into a new home in Long Island City, right in the shadow of the 59th Street bridge.

It’s a great convenience and pleasure having all operations under 1 roof just minutes away from our Manhattan clients, and just 2 minutes from major thoroughfares accessing Long Island and Queens.

We occupy a spacious design studio on the 2nd floor of the 2 story building with large windows that face south, offering wonderful natural light. In the near future, 3 different living wall systems will be showcased in the design studio. This mini showcase will display the variety of green wall units that kokobo professionally installs and maintains, giving you, the client a better visual sense for future ideas and applications.

BIG Move

On the ground level, our loading bay, indoor parking, and work area is located with storage and staging space for planting and project preparations.

Our conference room comfortably seats 8-10 and has a large screen for reviewing projects and hosting client meetings is centrally located amongst the design studio and other offices.

BIG Move

And finally, the piece de resistance – the rooftop! Currently it offers incredible views of Manhattan, and for the future we have plans to install a terrace landscape showcase, which will feature choice selections of hardscape materials/applications, an outdoor kitchen, lounge and seating areas accented by green in the form of gardens with unique plantings. This rooftop will display our unbeatable craftsmanship and design talent.

BIG Move


The entire kokobo family!


Key West Projects: Ibis Bay Wall

Earlier this year, we finished designing and constructing a 16 square foot green wall at the Stoned Crab Restaurant on the entry facade of Ibis Bay Waterfront Resort in Key West.

Key West Projects- Ibis Bay Wall

Future Projects

Currently, we are designing eight green wall designs for clients in NYC, Key West, Tampa, Long Island, Philadelphia, Boston, Miami, and Washington D.C.. Our designers are working hard at the new concept of herb walls, which are vertical gardens that contain home-grown herbs such as parsley, oregano, sage, mint, etc. They are not only beautiful to look at, but energy efficient and convenient to use.

Future Projects

Besides continuing our sustainability movement with these green walls, we are also designing and building outdoor living spaces on more than ten rooftops in NYC. We’re very excited for the months to come and the many projects we will be delving into.

Remember: it’s EASY being GREEN!

Michael J. Madarash
Principal Designer – kokobo greenscapes, inc.

Key West Projects: MARC Wall

Key West Projects- MARC WallThis past winter season, we constructed a vertical garden for the Monroe Association for ReMARCable Citizens (MARC), which is a community center that offers services to adults who have developmental disabilities. Their plant store on Seminary Street now has a 32 square foot green wall. The green wall features various kinds of plants, including white dianthus, that give a soft-toned yet kaleidoscopic and breathtaking view.

Key West Projects- MARC Wall

Key West Projects: Yndia Bakery

One of the biggest Key West projects we have delved into within the past year is the complete outdoor renovation of the beautiful Yndia Bakery. Our installations include a gorgeous orchid wall, as well as many other structures, such as a newly designed home for the Koi fish and a Coralina walkway. The project was finished early 2012.

Key West Projects- Yndia Bakery The Koi home was constructed with the use of native orchids and coral limestone. We used two granulate coral pieces to frame the new stream that spanned 20 feet of the property. To ensure that the stream flowed successfully, we used soil from the pond to form an elevation. In addition, we also misted pond muck and buttermilk so that moss would immediately grow. The Coralina walkway begins at the stream’s edge, where midnight guests can venerate the breathtaking waterfall, pond, and Koi as they trail down the path.

We enlisted our sustainability interests as we built a 72 square foot green wall that hangs majestically on the pool house. The orchid wall is exposed to the fitting balance of sunlight and shade, as well as automatic irrigation to insure optimal growth.

green wall

The landscape was originally built in the 1890’s and refurbished in the early 1990’s by Wesley Sizmore. Now it has been renovated again by us, and it is looking as beautiful as ever.

Key West Projects- Yndia Bakery

Key West Projects- Yndia Bakery

Key West Projects- Yndia Bakery

Spreading Meaning of Sustainability to Key West

What is a green wall?

A green wall is essentially a wall that is blanketed with vegetation. It is often times hung on an exterior or interior wall of a building. Green walls are also known as bio-walls, living walls, or vertical gardens.

To create a green wall, plants are first placed into separate panels and acclimated to growing conditions in their cells. Irrigation pathways are installed into the panels, so plants are given the perfect amount of water. After the plants have grown, they are hung vertically to resemble a colorful bio-mural and thus unveiling the beauty that is a green wall.

Our projects in Key West include green wall constructions, as well as some of the many landscaping services we have to offer. Principal designer Michael Madarash kicked off the KW expansion by giving a seminar to the Key West Garden Club about green walls, which was attended by over 45 individuals and was very well received.


A Queens back yard is transformed into a secluded Oriental oasis:

Oriental Respite

Oriental Respite

In the newly created backyard custom cedar trellises reflect the textures and patterns found in a Japanese garden. Fine latticework replicates the framework of Oriental screens. The entrance to the backyard was formerly a driveway, which was replaced with stained concrete to match the subdued tones of the landscape. This area still allows for access to the existing garage/shed and doubles as an entertaining space.

Oriental RespiteA Japanese style entry arbor frames a stunning view of the garden and invites the user in. Stepping stones set in Irish moss lead to a representational “sea” of gravel replete with decorative boulders. The focal point of the gravel bed is a boulder waterfall framed with finely textured plantings and located over a pond-less waterfall system. The sound of trickling water not only soothes but also helps to drown out any unwelcome neighborhood noise.

Using a stone mixture of 70% crushed granite, 10% coarse sand and 20% crushed bluestone dust the ‘sea’ of gravel can be raked and hold designs as in a traditional Japanese rock garden. Within the garden a small pergola, complete with low chairs was designed for sitting and contemplation. A stone bench positioned at the terminal point of the stepping stone path permits views of the garden from the opposite direction.

Oriental Respite

The restored and elevated deck is outfitted with vertical trellises that screen the deck from the outside and afford overall views of the garden. Upon completion, it was, as Japanese sculptor Isamu Noguchi has said “an immaculate universe, swept clean.”

“One of the luxuries afforded to the landscape designer (when we succeed) is to sit back in the space we have created and bask (momentarily, before the next job) in the environment we have wrought into existence. If synergistic energies have truly been brought into play, the finished environment will be more than the sum of its parts. Our clients were able continue their close ties and associations in the neighborhood yet step into their backyard and remove themselves to an oasis of contemplation a culture and a world away.

We are looking forward to another award winning year. Please let us know if we can be of any assistance with your landscape needs!!”

Remember….it’s “EASY” being GREEN!!

Michael J. Madarash
Principal Designer-kokobo greenscapes, inc.

Urban Rooftop Garden

An urban terrace becomes an outdoor living and entertainment area.

Urban Rooftop Garden

Urban Rooftop GardenMirroring the urban geometry that surrounds the terrace, the design implements colors and shapes that appear repeatedly in the urban environment. To further define these areas the central living area and small seating area were raised on synthetic wood decking to break the space up into rooms. It included a large sectional sofa and a remotely operated fire pit. A weather proofed entertainment area houses a flat screen TV on a remote lift system. The dining area shares the small kitchen with a built-in grill and bar, which is adjacent to the raised seating area at the west end of the terrace.

The plantings provide separation from the city and define the entertainment areas. Chosen for their color, shape and textures the plantings accent, soften, and harmonize with the modern furnishings.

Urban Rooftop Garden

Tall arborvitaes on the east side of the terrace were chosen for their height and immediate screening from the neighboring buildings. The neutral tones of pavers, synthetic wood decking and planters were well served by employing plants of decidedly red and green hues to provide a counterpoint in this most contemporary of open spaces. The selection and location of the plants enabled the space to “serve two masters” by providing lines of sight to the surrounding cityscape, and afford an intimacy of scale that balances the macrocosm against the microcosm.

Design Awards

Design AwardsThis past January, kokobo designers were honored with 2 SILVER design awards for recent projects at the (LINLA) Long Island Nurseryman’s and Landscape Association’s annual award’s banquet. Amongst our colleagues and industry suppliers we had a wonderful evening of inspiration, admiration and assembly!


Expanding NYC Residents’ Access to Green Space

An Urban Park By Mr. Peanut

Expanding NYC Residents' Access to Green Space

As part of Planters Peanuts ‘Naturally Remarkable’ Program, kokobo greenscapes, in association with Ken Smith Landscape Architect, helped realize the New York Planters Grove, a new public garden space located at Lillian Wald Houses, a New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) community. The Lower East Side development is home to a rich history of service and social reform, by creating widely accepted models of public health and social service that still exist today.

kokobo greenscapes, inc. partnered with Green City Force-a respected New York City Youth Service Corps program-and community volunteers to construct this sustainably rich park for the Lillian Wald community.

The Planters Grove provides NYCHA residents and families with more than 8,000 square feet of open green space – a neighborhood that has been cited by ‘New Yorkers for Parks’ as lacking adequate open space, will now have expanded access to parkland. Planters Grove also furthers New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s PlaNYC goal of creating more accessible open space citywide and ensuring every New Yorker lives within a 10-minute walk from a park.

Expanding NYC Residents' Access to Green SpacePlanters Grove, located at Avenue D and 5th Avenue contains several unique elements:

  • A rain garden collects storm water excess and allows it to soak into the ground, reducing the amount of runoff flowing into nearby surface waters and storm drains.
  • Wood pillars outline the park’s peanut-shape and act as trellis structures for a variety of climbing plants.
  • New native flowers and plants replace 30 yards of concrete, brick and debris from the site and attract birds and butterflies year-round.
  • Several benches are located throughout the park providing seating for elderly patrons and families.
  • Educational signs dot the park connecting visitors to nature and their surroundings.

The New York Planters Grove was created in partnership with The Corps Network – the national organization promoting and advocating for Service and Conservation Corps across the U.S. Members of Green City Force, a New York City-based corps program providing 30 NYCHA youth with green-collar job training, led the construction efforts and will care for the park with the help of NYCHA residents.

Expanding NYC Residents' Access to Green Space

New York Planters Grove was borne from a spirit of improving the lives of others and will be a center of community service and engagement, continued learning and neighborhood renewal for years to come.

We are looking forward to another awesome year! Please let us know if we can assist in any of your landscape design & build needs.


Kaylin Rostron

Senior Landscape Designer & Creative Director – kokobo greenscapes, inc.

Providing Superior Results

Partnering with the finest nurseries and employing creative and knowledgeable individuals, kokobo provides a superior selection of plants, materials, and services which assure its clients a spectacular landscape experience. kokobo has been featured on shows such as HGTV’s Urban Outsiders and Landscapers’ Challenge, PBS’ Victory Garden, and has been featured in Greenscapes, Environmental Design & Construction, Eco-structure, and Better Homes and Gardens.

outdoor firepit