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Zen and the Art of Landscape

With almost four decades of experience under his feet, Paul Miskovsky has coaxed the natural world into a state of enlightenment.

Photo by Frank Foster

After almost 40 years of working in the dirt, Paul Miskovsky, founder and owner of Miskovsky Landscaping in Falmouth, still exudes a boyish enthusiasm for creating spaces where people can play outside, as well as a never-ending imagination. His vast repertoire of transforming exterior landscapes spans from exclusive coastal estates to far more limited scenarios, such as blank canvases that are less than 1,000 square-feet allocated by venerable flower shows across the northeast, where the awards for his designs number in the dozens. His designs reflect a signature style that can quickly be identified as a “Miskovsky,” as though his followers were referring to a recognizable painting or sculpture by a world-class artist.

What has changed for Miskovsky is a certain mellowing that fine wines, thoroughbreds and a good soup experience with a bit of time. His operation is in full bloom and running smoothly with the addition of his son Roman, who now serves as the organization’s vice president, and years of support from his gardener team featuring Heidi Clark and Bridgett Carrol and David Alves, the foreman who has been alongside for over 20 years. Coupled with the years of earning and learning the Cape Cod landscape business, all indications indicate that Miskovsky and his team are operating from a place of insight and knowledge; an awakening of sorts.

Photo by Stacey Hedman

“It’s been quite a ride,” Miskovsky says, “But I wouldn’t change a thing.” Today his “shop” is a four-acre parcel at the intersection of Brick Kiln Road and Gifford Street in Teaticket’s section of Falmouth. Just as other building and design professionals have showrooms to display their work while inspiring clients with a taste of possibilities, Miskovsky’s shop displays vignettes with unique outdoor furniture set upon natural stone terraces with the sound of trickling water from a completely original water feature. Evergreen, deciduous and perennial specimens of trees, plants, and ground cover create individual rooms where homeowners can literally pick and choose the flora and fauna that will create their own outdoor oasis.

“The idea was to create a place where people could actually see things in context,” Miskovsky explains. “Sit them down and show them a patio space or a stairway, a hot tub in a naturalized deck setting, or how a handmade bamboo fence can provide shade as well as definition of the space.

Photo by Caitlyn McGuire

“There is so much in the market as well as in people’s private spaces, that many people never get to see, and it is difficult to imagine it. So here we install it, plant it, maintain it, and clients can now see how it really looks, feels and lasts.”

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