Landscaping adds both beauty and value to a property and the father/son team of Dennis and Brian Muoio, co-owners of Briden Nursery in West Cranston, Rhode Island, pride themselves on being able to offer a full line of services that fit every customer’s need. The business has been growing steadily over the past four years and they are eagerly anticipating the move of their nursery division to a space with more visibility on the corner of Comstock Parkway and Scituate Avenue.
Written by: Laurie Higgins
“It’s going to give us a lot more retail presence and we’re hopeful it will be a nice complement to the rest of the business,” Brian Muoio says. “The move will happen effective January 1, so we will be up and running in full operation by next spring.”
Each partner handles a different part of the business, with Dennis Muoio taking charge of the nursery that grew close to 13,000 perennials this year. Brian Muoio is a licensed landscape architect who handles all of the design services.
“We do everything from small planting design all the way up to a massive planting on a residential estate,” Brian says. “We do swimming pools, outdoor patios, fire pits and outdoor kitchens. You name it, I can do it.”
Prioritizing and visualizing
When meeting customers for the first time, Brian asks them to close their eyes and envision what they would like to see their property look like in five and again ten years in the future. For those who can’t afford to tackle the whole project at once, he recommends doing the project in phases, adding something new each year.
The first priority is to do all the hardscape elements like driveways, walkways, pools and fences. Then he likes to add the privacy elements like trees and bushes that make the project seem somewhat complete. The next phase is to add the perennials like roses and hydrangeas. For the final phase Brian suggests adding lighting or outdoor music to create a true outdoor living space.
A marriage of style
One of Brian’s driving principals when designing landscapes is to make sure the exterior complements the house’s architecture and interior design so the property flows in a seamless fashion.
“If there’s a colonial piece of architecture you wouldn’t want to do a Nantucket style garden,” Brian says. “You’d want to do something traditional to a colonial. A contemporary house should have landscaping with a contemporary feel to it. I really try to marry the two elements together, the inside and the outside.”
Article published in 2013-14 issue.