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.


Kate selden

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Project Manager

Kate is an ecological educator, plant-lover and urban planner. She is passionate about environmental justice, increasing access to green spaces, and nurturing a sense of community stewardship - including the ecological community - in people of all ages. Before moving to New York City, Kate spent two summers in western Massachusetts living and working on several small homesteads. She then moved to New York to study City & Regional Planning at Pratt Institute where she geeked out about community-based planning strategies and resilient innovations in waste, water, and sewage infrastructure. When she’s not at Design Wild, she’s teaching Brooklyn first graders to get their hands dirty in soil and stoking their love for plants, as well as consulting on various urban planning and education projects.

Kate brings her love for cities and nature – and their complex interrelationship – to her work with Design Wild. She supports all aspects of project management, marketing, business development, and garden care and looks forward to growing with Design Wild in the coming seasons