Michael Gulbrandsen, President

Michael's fascination with nature started at an early age. He grew up in upstate New York with acres of woods and streams across the street. He spent the summers exploring and absorbing nature in the glorious high peaks of the Adirondacks. He decided to choose a field in which he could implement his creativity and passion, transforming parking lots into parks. As a result, he followed his dream and obtained his degree in Landscape Architecture.

Michael received his Dual Bachelor's Degree in Landscape Architecture & Landscape Construction in 1995. In the mid 1990's, he designed the Institute for Introspective Studies; An integration  of Feng Shui, Taoism, Aikido and Sustainable Design. Over the next decade, he worked for the leaders in the industry of landscaping, civil engineering, property management, storm water construction & wetland restoration. During this time, he founded Reflections of Nature Landscaping.

Reflections of Nature has been creating simple elegance in the landscapes of Poughkeepsie, NY and surrounding areas of the Hudson Valley for over ten years. We service areas of Dutchess County, southern Columbia County, Westchester County, Putnam County in New York, and eastern Fairfield County in Connecticut. 

"The pure love of nature and the outdoors is our inspiration to provide you with gardens that reflect nature and create serenity. We believe that further education and the detailed studies of nature provide us with more insight into the design and maintenance of your gardens,"  - Michael Gulbrandsen

Advanced Studies & Certifications:

  • Stormwater Filters & Infiltration Practices
  • Sediment & Erosion Control
  • Hydraulics & Soils
  • NYS DEC Erosion & Sediment Certification GP-08-001
  • Rain Garden Design 
  • Rain Water Harvesting
  • Wetland Regulation
  • 38 Hour Army Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation & Management Training Program
  • OSHA HAZWOPER 40-Hr Training

Memberships & Professional Affiliations:

  • East Fishkill Environmental Advisory Board Member
  • Zen Environmental Studies Institute
  • Association of State Wetland Managers
  • American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association
  • Water Garden Association of America - Master Designer
  • Ecological Landscaping Association
  • Wappingers Falls Knights of Columbus




Hello Mike,
We are just blown away; you have exceeded all our expectations. The stream, waterfalls & plantings are incredible. Thank you for meeting our tight deadline. Thanks again. 

-Jesse Itzler; Owner, Marquis Jet 

-Sara Blakely; Owner, Spanx

Dear Michael,
You created simple elegance in our gardens to transform it into a Garden Estate.

-Dr. Alon Ben-Meir,

New York University's School of Global Affairs

Dear Mike,
Although we've just begun, we wanted you to know how much we appreciate you! Other landscapers we spoke with had cookie-cutter designs that they hoped to impose on our property. You however, have a natural ability to look at a property and see it as it could be; to incorporate the best of what exists and to make it better.  The way you played with visual lines, light, color, texture, shapes and patterns to create a totally unique vision that melds with our own is brilliant. Just thinking about your plan for our overgrown landscape brings harmony into our lives!

-The Davridge's
Property Owners; Dutchess County, NY

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