Earth & Water Designs prides itself in being a small owner-operated, Vermont landscaping and gardening company. We hope you enjoy our site and feel free to contact us with any questions or comments.


Be Creative

The most important aspect of your landscape is that you enjoy it, are creative and have fun! Don't be afraid to use materials you may have on the property!

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About Us

Earth & Water Designs was originally established in 1999 by Cary and Cindy Lewis in southern Vermont. Cary, with a degree in Plant & Soil Science and an additional focus on landscape design from the University of Vermont, further expanded his background managing the UVM greenhouses, working on the grounds and golf course of a high-end Resort Hotel, and honed his hardscaping skills working for a well-respected masonry company. Cindy, who had started gardening at an early age, enjoyed a number of years growing their business, experience, and family as well as publishing her own book, "Noteworthy Perennials for the Vermont Garden", completing her Certificate in Herbology, starting her own side businesses of the "Love Shack Seed Co., "Green Witch Herbal Co"., and "The Cultivated Gardener". One Earth & Water Designs client, Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home, where Cindy had been contracted to maintain the 100-year-old parterre garden, during which time she also did extensive work developing and identifying their heirloom peonies, would take both of them on full-time to assist with the restoration and enhancement of the gardens and grounds. Several years later, with the restoration complete and the grounds department running smoothly, Cary and Cindy headed north to yet another gilded-era estate. Once again, applying their expertise to restore and revitalize the buildings and grounds to their optimal potential and establish a professional program for its continual maintenance. Now, six years later, Cary and Cindy are taking their 20+ years of experience and bringing Earth & Water Designs back to take on new challenges for you! 



Sometimes what first appears as a tragedy, can open up a whole new view of the world around you.





Earth & Water Designs brings our years of expertise into every service we provide, so we can offer you the highest quality and best results. Every one of our clients is unique and we offer services tailored to best meet their needs. We know you’ll love what we do.


Garden Restoration

Attention to Detail

We offer years of experience transforming tired, overgrown, and neglected landscapes on everything from small, residential properties to large, guiled-era estates, into colorful and creative solutions.


Garden Design

Meticulous and Comprehensive

Our creative designs tend to lean more toward naturalized plantings. Working with the inherent character of the property already present, creating new focal points of interest and enhancing the beauty of what may already be there.  



Beautifying and Enhancing

We specialize in Seasonal services, collaborating with our clients to best express their unique and personal vision for their property. Our seasonal services can provide everything from spring and fall cleanup to colorful & creative decorative planters & urns.


Landscape  Maintenance

Garden and Plant Care

Not only do we offer garden maintenance to our clients, but also specialize in woody ornamental and small tree care. Correct pruning and rejuvenation is essential in maintaining a healthy and desirable landscape.



"Before Cary was hired, (our property) was in distress, and my family was in severe need of 

leadership, vision, and organization. Cary brought all these elements and many more to the table. During his tenure, he completely transformed the conditions, aesthetics, and efficiencies of the estate, and we couldn't be more pleased."


Contact Us

Cary & Cindy Lewis
PO Box 221
Rochester, Vermont 05767

(802) 777-7506