We turned to BUDS when we realized our Manhattan outdoor spaces needed some professional grade love.  Rani  brought our terrace and roof garden to life with her beautiful plantings, and poured knowledge, care and understanding into all she did.  The selection of plants and roof-friendly trees, the visual placement, the reliable watering system, and the seasonal blooms, were all very well planned/maintained.  In the spring, we have buds peaking, in the summer we cultivate blueberries, raspberries, nectarines(!), zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, string beans and herbs. Come fall, we enjoy the change of colors, before turning to appreciate the evergreens in the snow.  Rani gave us all that we asked for, but lavished it with her smarts and sensitivity, so that we were assured healthy blooms all year round. BUDS absolutely listens to what you want, and surprises you with what you didn’t know you would love.  We have relied on their service for the past four years, and of course, have recommended them to many of our friends.  

It wasn’t long before we began recommending BUDS to our architectural clients, both private homeowners and building developers.  Not surprisingly, their results speak for themselves.  Nothing is as show-stopping as a hearty, healthy beautiful garden.  BUDS is now very sought-after in our community.  You’ll love your garden, and you’ll love Rani and her team.
– John and Annmarie Nastasi
Project: Brownstone – Upper West Side.

Rani and her team have cared for my terrace garden for the past five or so years, and her help has been invaluable. She has turned my original design into a small, green, urban paradise. I especially appreciate the way she really listens to my ideas and concerns, and then comes up with wonderful plants and designs that are just what I have imagined. She makes every effort to be available within my schedule and budget, and is always ready with advice by email or phone. I recommended BUDS to my coop to design and create our roof garden from scratch, and our entire building is so grateful for what she has achieved. Our roof is now the first selling point to prospective apartment purchasers.

– Naomi Sheiner  
Project: Terrace – Upper West Side.


I was recommended BUDS by the previous owner of my apartment. Not only had BUDS designed and executed the most magical garden which sold me on the apartment, but Rani and her team were nothing but accommodating to my needs once I had moved in. Rani is passionate about her work and will be as involved in your space as you want her to be. Her team continued to take care of my garden, within my budget constraints but all the while putting in the time and care that only comes from loving the work you do.
– Natasha Dubash
Project: Large Private Backyard – Upper West Side.
The team at BUDS, led by gardener extraordinaire Rani Dorman, turned my plain urban terrace into a lush outdoor oasis in 2014.  BUDS has maintained my terrace since then, and I couldn’t be happier with the service I’ve received.  Rani not only knows plants, but she also has an aesthetic eye.  She and her crew are always so courteous and professional, and extremely careful not to disturb my interior both before and after they beautify the exterior.  I would recommend BUDS wholeheartedly to anyone who values his or her outdoor space as much as I now do mine.
– Orrit H.
Project: High-Rise Private Terrace – Upper West Side.
Rani completely transformed our small suburban garden into a beautiful oasis. Each plant and flower was handpicked by Rani with a lot of thought as to what would make us happy. This is truly a garden created with love.
– Terry & Ralph Spina
Project: Private House, Front and Backyard – Bayridge, Brooklyn.
When you love plants as much as Rani does, the results will always be breathtaking. It also helps that she is a delight to work with.
– Carol Sherman
Project: Large Apartment Building,
Communal Courtyard and Decorative Surrounding Tree Pits – Upper East Side.
With a twinkle in her eye and a smile on her face, Rani always makes my terrace beautiful.  There is a playfulness and a joy about what she does that infuses her gardening.  I am so grateful for the wonderful terrace I have!
– Spiro Condos
Project: Private Rooftop – Upper West Side.


BUDS is the third ‘company’ we have used over the last 15 years to provide landscaping advice and implementation for our terrace. 
BUDS is Rani Dorman. She is an amazing listener, a creative problem solver, and is willing to try different approaches to get it ‘right’ from the client’s perspective.  
We have worked with her for two years, and our collaboration is proving to be satisfying in terms of developing a working relationship, and in the beauty she brings to our home, through the plants and flowers she has chosen for our terrace. 
She hires intelligent and responsible people who are respectful about working in our home, as is she. 
 – Forbes Singer
Project: Penthouse Terrace – Upper West Side.
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