Kirsten MacLaughlin Gardens & Hardscapes
Serving all of Chester County and the Main Line

Landscapes and Hardscapes

Based in Downingtown, PA, Kirsten MacLaughlin Gardens & Hardscapes is a full-service landscape development firm serving Chester County and the Main Line since 1990.

Specializing in native plants, natural stone and eco-friendly materials, the design staff at award-winning KM Gardens is dedicated to the creation of custom outdoor living environments tailored to the nature of your softscaping and hardscaping needs.

From designing flower beds and windbreaks, to installing outdoor structures and water features, the staff at KM Gardens is committed to providing a level of quality and craftsmanship that has repeatedly earned the company the Main Line Times’ Readers choice award.


Full property design installation and maintenance, beds and borders, annuals and perennials


Patios, pool decks, built-in grills, fire pits, water features, walkways, stairways, retaining walls, sitting walls, lighting pillars, pergolas, and roof structures


Spring 2016 - Winter leaving, spring creeping in!
We need to start thinking about OUR place in nature. Our gardens are becoming the only places in modern suburbia that will sustain the future of biodiversity. Winter leaving...

Spring 2015 - Oh yes, spring is coming. Doesn’t feel like it?
Go to the garden center and get yourself something beautiful to put on a window sill. Herbs, primrose, and bulbs are easy. It will give you some hope :) Read More...Spring is finally here!

Spring 2014 - Spring is finally here!
Spring is going to be extra special this year, so this weather has actually been a blessing in disguise. Things are going to explode once the snow melts and the ground thaws, but there is a lot of cleanup to be done! Read More...Spring is finally here!

Fall 2013 - Planting Bulbs & Fire Pits.
As autumn approaches we are happy to say that it has been a great year so far. Many thanks to everyone! We are hoping that fall is as successful as the spring and summer were. Read More...Planting Bulbs & Fire Pits.

Spring 2013 - New project & Native Plants.
I know that I have been pushing native plants for the past few years, and I have now officially become obsessed with them. Since I have been switching out non native plants to native in my own garden, I have seen things that I never knew existed. There were so many different kinds of butterflies and...Read More...Native Plantings

Winter 2011 - Signs of Spring Popping Up All Around Us.
The birds started changing their songs at the end of January, and a few weeks later their singing is getting stronger every day. They know it’s time to start rockin! Read More...Signs of Spring!

Winter 2010 - The Backyard Experience in Winter.
How about all the rain we had this year?! It may have ruined a lot of plans, but your plants loved it. Lots of rain means lots of growth. It is especially helpful to the roots of new plants in getting established more quickly. Read More...Backyard Experience!