Thanks for giving us beauty, color and all of your special touches.  We love having a work in progress with you! 

- M. and B. Merion Station


Established in 1997,  Romancing the Garden (Galka Outdoor Design, LLC), is an award-winning landscape design firm that provides exceptional outdoor services throughout the greater Philadelphia, New Jersey and shore areas.  

We specialize in full-spectrum, custom design with keen attention to the unique specifications, tastes, lifestyles, dreams and budgets of each of our clients.  In fact, our mission is foremost about providing delight.  Delight in the process and in the result.

Our landscapes are not cookie-cutter.  We approach the process as a painter with canvas, layering texture, color, form upon the landscape and taking the eye along pleasingly with thought to each month of the year.  A kinetic, evolving, living painting.  We plant specimen trees, shrubs, perennials and as possible, native woodland plants that are becoming extinct in the wild.  We install natural stone paths, walls and patios.  We thoroughly–with attention to detail–maintain residential and commercial properties, greenhouses, conservatories and outdoor systems through four seasons with an old-school gardener’s sensibility and a friendly, well-mannered presence. We provide consultation on an array of outdoor concerns.

Long-term happy relationships with our clients and their precious pieces of the earth (which we treat as if they were our own) are our reward.

Philadelphia | Outdoors is a side project of ours–a way to share our sensibilities, expertise and passion for outdoor living and design with you, and for you to share yours, too!

We invite you to enjoy the posts on this site and features to come, and check back often for updates.

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