About

Avant Garden LLC is the premier, interior horticultural design resource serving commercial and residential clients throughout Westchester and Fairfield Counties in New York and Connecticut. We specialize in office plants and plant rentals for Stamford, CT. 

Founded in 1982 by award winning Interior Horticultural Designer, Kathleen Neth, Avant Garden specializes in creating extraordinary plantscapes—each a reflection of the client’s exacting requirements, culture and unique personality.

Kathleen and her team work directly with owners, property and office managers to develop stunning, one-of-a-kind horticultural solutions to a wide range of challenges.

Additionally, Avant Garden works closely with other professionals including architects and interior designers to make innovative horticultural design and implementation an integral part of their projects.

Whether your tastes are more contemporary or traditional, and regardless of the size and scope of need—Avant Garden is delighted to work with you. From the simplest of solutions to more extensive treatments such as sustainable Green Walls and more, we offer a comprehensive range of services.

Once our custom design solution is approved, Avant Garden handles all aspects of installation, as well as the ongoing maintenance and nurturing of your plants.

Avant Garden is a proud, woman-owned business.

Kathleen Neth, IHD

Kathleen Neth, IHD*

Kathleen Neth’s passion for plants began at age six, when seeing a neighbor’s tree growing through the roof of their porch. Her fascination with all things green continues to inspire her work.

*Certified Interior Horticultural Designer.

Economic & Health Benefits of Plants in the Workplace

In addition to the natural beauty and aesthetic qualities of plants, the benefits of plants in the workplace have been thoroughly researched and documented. A growing body of research* supports the following statistics.

Plants in the workplace are cost-effective…

  • Increasing employee productivity by 15%.
  • Increasing creativity by 15%.
  • Increasing staff well being by 15%.
  • Decreasing symptoms of ill health and poor concentration by 25%.
  • Decreasing workforce fatigue by 38%.
  • Decreasing levels of anxiety, hostility and depression by 37-58%.
  • Decreasing carbon dioxide levels in workplace environments by 10% in air conditioned buildings and 25% in buildings without AC (approx.).
  • One small plant per sq. meter/approx. 9 sq. ft. improves memory retention.

Avant Garden embraces biophilic** design. We work closely with our commercial clients to improve worker health, productivity and effectiveness—by plantscaping the workplace environment.

The color green, itself brings a positive influence to any indoor environment, especially the workplace. *Studies indicate that the color, green promotes calm, serenity, peace and a sense of a well being.

*Supporting Research encompasses the results of The 2015 Human Spaces Global Report on the Impact of Biophilic Design, an independent survey of 7,600 office workers in 16 countries including the U.S., Canada, Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, India, Denmark and Spain.

Additional supporting data includes results of studies by NASA, the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, The Agricultural University of Norway and a 10-year study by Exeter University (UK).

**Biophilia is the study of the natural tendency of humans to seek an affinity with other life forms in nature.

The color green, itself brings a positive influence to any indoor environment, especially the workplace. *Studies indicate that the color, green promotes calm, serenity, peace and a sense of a well being.

*Supporting Research encompasses the results of The 2015 Human Spaces Global Report on the Impact of Biophilic Design, an independent survey of 7,600 office workers in 16 countries including the U.S., Canada, Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, India, Denmark and Spain.

Additional supporting data includes results of studies by NASA, the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, The Agricultural University of Norway and a 10-year study by Exeter University (UK).

**Biophilia is the study of the natural tendency of humans to seek an affinity with other life forms in nature.

Avant Garden, its founder, Kathleen Neth and her valued Staff are proud and honored to be the recipients of a major, international horticultural design award. Avant Garden was the Gold Winner in the Atrium and Conservatory Category of The 2018 International Plantscape Awards.

This award would not have been possible without the creative efforts of Architect Matthew Holst, AIA, LEED AP SL and Green Realty Corp. Additional kudos to our talented Installation Staff Members, Joy DiBiase, Marcia Tooley and Terrianne Davisson.

Apart from formal, professional recognition, the honor that we value most and place above all is the repeat business of our loyal clients—as well as their many, kind, unsolicited Testimonials.

It is our distinct pleasure and honor to work with the many individuals, small businesses, and larger companies and organizations that continue to help build and grow our business—just as they have for over 30 years. Learn more about us through our clients’ own words.

Kathleen Neth, IHD
Avant Garden Founder & Owner/Operator

Professional Affiliations

Avant Garden works closely with established brand leaders and manufacturers of vertical plant systems, enabling our design and installation of sustainable living walls—including Green Walls, Moss Walls and vertical plant panels.

We’re proud to be strategic partners with Architectural Supplements, and to offer the quality products of these world class vertical plant system brands:

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Additionally, Avant Garden is a member in good standing of the following organizations: