Lelaneia Dubay, Dubay Design

I am a creative artist that initially specialized in landscape painting and then came into landscape design by creating a garden for my mother. Landscape design and painting are two of the most closely linked arts. I arrived at landscape design so as to create beautiful spaces to paint.

My landscape design career has been spent between the Connecticut coastline and the Connecticut River Valley. Currently, I design landscapes for customers throughout all of Connecticut, Western Massachusetts, and the entirety of Southern New England. I am a master gardener and member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.

Over the past decade I have been privileged to work on many large estates, including a Philip Johnson designed estate in Madison, Connecticut. This past year I created a rain garden for Secretary of State, Denise Merrill, as well as a native planting project at Bradley Airport.

I have created a Landscape Designers Challenge in Hartford, bringing new front landscapes to inner city neighborhoods. This year I am creating a West End garden tour, to support beautification projects in the West End of Hartford.

I have enjoyed designing solutions for urban settings, including several New York City brownstone garden spaces as well as a unique native plants garden for InCord Ltd., a forward-thinking Colchester, Connecticut company. I believe in eco-responsibility by using native plants in my designs to increase our biodiversity, as well as on-site water responsibility through green infrastructure.

I make my home in Central Connecticut in the beautiful Historic West End of Hartford and have a growing client list, with many repeat client projects. Some projects have been multi-year efforts in order to work within client budgets and/or the large scope of a property. It is always rewarding to see these larger projects installed, completely transforming homes and properties.

My goal as a landscape designer is to create beautiful outdoor sanctuaries that promote a peaceful retreat from the busy world, while allowing the homeowner to expand their interior space into the outdoors and fulfill their dreams.