Who We Are
Westover Landscape Design has developed a reputation for beautiful "casual elegance" in garden design along with artistic and functional hardscapes. Known for lush plantings and use of quality materials, we combine a modern aesthetic with old world tradition to create an exceptional garden experience.
Westover’s reputation is built on its skilled crews and top quality plant material, as well as on the horticultural expertise and boundless imaginations of the garden designers. Our work has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens "Deck Pool & Patio", This Old House, Westchester Home, Westchester Magazine and Westchester Cottages & Gardens magazines. Since 2009, Westover Landscape Design has been chosen 8 times by the readers of Westchester Magazine as the year’s "Best Landscaper in Westchester County, NY."
Westover Landscape Design is committed to giving back to our community by donating our time, effort and expertise to a variety of local causes, especially those advocating environmental sustainability. Pro bono projects include Rockefeller State Park Preserve, The Old Croton Aqueduct, Boys and Girls Club of the Tarrytown, The Historic Society of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown, and many more. To find out more about Westover, please click here.
Landscape Designer/Director of Operations
Matt Neider is a certified Landscape Designer and a member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD). Matt began his career in the landscape industry in 2000 when he worked on the grounds crew at the prestigious USTA National Tennis Center helping create and maintain the nationally revered landscape of the facility.
Shortly after graduating from the State University of New York at Albany with a degree in business management and marketing, he went on to study at the New York Botanical Garden's School of Professional Horticulture where he obtained a certificate in Landscape Design. Before joining the team at Westover, Matt spent a season interning at Landscape Design Associates of Westchester under the APLD's New York Chapter president Bill Einhorn.
Matt's favorite part of working at Westover is helping clients design their dream landscapes and transforming their visions into a reality. He is dedicated to making sure that the client is comfortable and pleased throughout every step in the transformation of their property; from the initial consultation meeting, to design and development of a landscape master plan, straight through implementation and construction of the design. Matt's creativity, aspiration to create beautiful long lasting environments, and desire to make people happy is what makes every day working at Westover an enjoyable and rewarding one.
Landscape Designer/Project Manager
Nora McGovern is a Certified Landscape Designer trained at the New York Botanical Garden. Her roots in design and her love of plants began a half continent away. A native of Nebraska, Nora grew up under a dome of blue sky with rich croplands stretching to the horizon. The expansive landscapes along with the simpler wonders of her grandmother’s garden were early inspirations. After earning a BFA in Art Education, Nora taught art in public and private schools in Nebraska and northern New Jersey, where she now lives.
Her enthusiasm for design took her next to New York City and a decade of work in textiles and soft home furnishings. Working for several top companies, Nora designed fabrics and prints and managed numerous products from initial concept to showroom display.
In 2011, Nora combined her twin passions for design and gardening by joining Westover Landscape Design. In addition to collaborating on design, Nora is a strong client advocate. In initial meetings, she listens to customers, taking careful notes. Then, through a detailed design and presentation process that she oversees, Nora helps to make sure client wishes are turned into plans that delight.
Nora has found her true home in landscape design. She enjoys every aspect, from getting to know clients and their families, to design and plant selection, to working with Westover’s expert crews. She takes pride in helping to deliver the remarkable installations that are the hallmark of our company.
Sonia Bodie is a certified landscape designer, trained at the New York Botanical Garden, and a member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD). She is a design professional with extensive experience working with clients and shaping the environments around them, and has a passion for creating places of meaning and beauty that connect people to the natural world.
With a background in residential architecture, landscape design, and fine art, she places special interest in creating wholistic environments that integrate interior and exterior spaces, to cultivate meaningful relationships between people, homes and their surrounding landscapes.
She is also a graduate of the prestigious program of Healthcare Garden Design of the Chicago Botanic Garden.
As a child growing up in Michigan, Tom took an early interest in vegetable gardening. An inspiration occurred when a pumpkin seed he brought home from Kindergarten miraculously sprouted under the backyard cranberry bushes, resulting in a thriving plant. Though he later graduated from the University of Michigan with a BSE degree in Engineering Science, his love for plants and garden cultivation has remained. When the opportunity became a reality to acquire Westover Landscape Design and be trained by Robert Welsch in horticultural business process and management, he was elated.
Over the last ten years, Tom has been active on the landscape committee and Board of Directors of his condo association. He is currently involved in day-to-day business and project development at Westover and particularly enjoys working with clients and his staff.
Tom is also enriching his knowledge of Landscape Design at the renowned New York Botanical Garden School of Horticulture. He finds his knowledge of engineering useful in understanding structural design and drainage. His previous career experience in project management and team building has been invaluable and the knowledgeable staff of Westover has greatly aided his transition in learning the business.
Robert Welsch, is the founder of Westover Landscape Design, Inc. and was its lead designer for 12 years. He built the reputation of his firm with passion and a unique ability to find in every project, what is known in the craft of landscape design as ‘Genus Locii’, or ‘Spirit of Place.’ His signature is an instinct to easily visualize and transform outdoor spaces into immersive and elegant garden experiences.
His private garden, Westover-on-Hudson in Tarrytown, NY has been on the Garden Conservancy's Open Days program since 2007. He is a certified Landscape Designer trained at the New York Botanic Garden, going from being a student to an instructor there. He has taught ‘Container Gardening Workshops’ at NYBG annex at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, and the Landscape Design "Business Practices Intensive" at NYBG. Robert enjoys mentoring aspiring designers and learning from his peers through his association with the NYBG and The Garden Conservancy.
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