Design Wild is a collaborative landscape design firm, inspired by the magic of plants and the power of design.

Our personalized garden designs soften the city with beautiful, practical and sustainable solutions for any space. Our clients include individuals, organizations, and municipalities throughout New York City and the surrounding tristate area. Using deep horticultural knowledge and earth friendly techniques, our organic approach cultivates healthy soil that is safe and environmentally sound. Though our projects vary from private backyards to public parks and sustainable agriculture, our focus remains the same: creating vibrant, sustainable and functional green spaces everyone can enjoy.

Shanti Nagel

Principal/Founding Partner

Shanti has always had her hands in the soil, shaping communities and ecosystems since childhood. She grew up gardening with her family on 10 acres in upstate NY. She founded her own organic vegetable farm at the age of 20, selling at local farmers' markets, as well as starting a Community Supported Agriculture. After years in operation, she moved from rural agriculture to urban agriculture, managing one of the largest urban farms in New York City.  Shanti is a graduate of the School of Professional Horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden, a trained horticulturist and skilled garden designer.

As Principal and Founding Partner of Design Wild, Shanti acts as technical, design and agricultural advisor. Shanti is a firm believer that access to green space should be a human right for all. She is most passionate about developing highly interactive, useful and beautiful green spaces for clients and communities in the New York City area.


Kristin West

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Operations Associate

Kristin joined Design Wild in the spring of 2019 as their Operations Associate. She has over five years of experience as a professional horticulturist in NYC working in a variety of public and private spaces. She holds an English Literature degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Horticulture Certificate from Brooklyn Botanic Garden. She loves dogs, plants and rollerskating.