Kate Brittenham

Owner and Landscape Designer

Kate Brittenham is an ecological landscape designer in Troy, NY. She is the principal designer and founder of Front Stoop Gardens, LLC. Kate holds a BA in Environmental Studies from Skidmore College and a Certificate in Landscape Design from the New York Botanical Garden. Her resume also includes a native plant horticulture internship with the Native Plant Trust (formerly New England Wild Flower Society) and the Horticulturist position at Manitoga, a historic home and garden in Garrison NY. Most recently, she is the co-author with Carolyn Summers of Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East, second edition.

While her love of native plants is what brought her to landscape design, it is the plants' relationship with the surrounding wildlife and ecology that truly inspires her work. When she is not designing gardens for others, she is usually working on her own garden.

Sheila Pacilli

Office Manager

Sheila Pacilli is the Office Manager for Front Stoop Gardens, LLC. With years of project management and business experience, in addition to being trained professionally as a fine gardener by Parterre Garden in MA, Sheila is uniquely qualified to provide value and insight to Front Stoop Garden clients. Sheila has been active in climate change and sustainability groups throughout her life and loves to work for a company with a native plant mission. She holds a double B.A. degree from Boston College in Film Studies and Psychology and enjoys hiking with her husband Dean in her spare time and running her own side photography business, Pacilli Art & Photography.