Projects

Georgian Reborn

A monumental Georgian country house received an even more monumental addition. Integrating the two meant a fearless reconfiguration of vehicular & pedestrian hardscape, with accompanying horticulture of equal bravado. I'll visit this rangy & triumphantly eccentric project again—and again—in the coming season....

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Summer by the Bay 1: Upper Double Borders

An enormous waterfront property in New England is in use just summer through early fall, so spring favorites such as peonies, bulbs, & rhododendrons are pointless. Plus, the site is completely exposed to high winds—and is so large that normal-sized plants would look laughably weak & tiny. Few perennials are...

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Summer By The Bay 2: Lower Double Borders

In the middle-distance as you look out at the ocean, the gigantic lower borders beckon. To stay in scale with the deep, horizon-wide water view, they are nearly two hundred feet wide & forty feet deep. Plants won't show from the house if they aren't at least three feet high...

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Summer by the Bay 3: Vegetable & Cutting Garden

Next, an immense vegetable & cutting garden was added. Unlike the double borders, whose plantings don't interest summer-visiting deer, this garden had to be fenced with eight-foot chain-link. Forty-some 4 x 10' raised beds yield a bounty....

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Xanadu 1: Before

When the adjacent two-acre horse paddock became available, summer residents up from Manhattan to the country only from late May to frost snapped it up. No wonder! They had an arm's-length wishlist for what needed to take place there....

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Xanadu 2: Built & Just Planted

A year of construction yielded the densely-arrayed layout of activity areas, specific gardens, connecting pathways, privacy plantings, & buildings.  Only as they are realized could planting even begin—and only after many years to come, would those plantings come into the desired scale with the layout realized so long ago....

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Xanadu 3: First Season in the Garden

In the year or two after the initial planting season, the herbaceous & annual components of the overall plant palette rocket to maturity. Shrubs & trees take years more—sometimes decades. Nonetheless, even at this early stage, the eventual balance of plant growth to hardscape layout is finally...

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Xanadu 4: The Gardens Are Thriving

In another year or two, the horticulture is beginning to suggest its mature scale—but only just.   Many years will pass before the trees are at their peak. ...

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Xanadu 5: The Berry Folly

Because the property didn't offer views into abutting land, especially when looking out from the pool-house's dining terrace, the impressive vista down the length of the swimming pool needed to be stopped with something—anything—of sufficient gravitas, size, & beauty to warrant being such an interruption.   ...

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Stunning Summer Views 1: Getting Started

This prominent house is well-sited on the largest property in its seaside village. It enjoys breathtaking water views, but the quirks of the setting are that surrounding properties enjoy breathtaking views OF this one. The challenge, then, was how to create gracious privacy from all of the neighbors...

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Stunning Summer Views 2: The First Season

The summer after the initial planting, perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees are still filling in. No matter that many were the largest-available sizes: The areas to be covered were huge, and the overall bulk needed was considerable....

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Stunning Summer Views 3: Grown Up & Glorious

Thanks to site-specific choices, deep soil, and plenty of sun, the plantings reach a steady state of maturity in just a couple of years. The many and massive neighbors to be screened have become so—but with plants that are so ornamental that the first impression isn't of privacy creation at...

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Village Charm 1: Before

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Village Charm 2: After

A couple of years after planting, the property's remarkable lack of privacy is finessed by bountiful ornamental plantings. The front garden would strike passersby as an unstintingly generous public display—which it is. But it also ensures deep privacy for the screened porch. ...

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Cape Summer

A remarkable residence on Cape Cod is just one room deep, to catch every possible breeze in the days before air conditioning. The triumphant entry court and procession through the house needed to be balanced by a suitably focal statement in the garden so many of the rooms overlook....

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Berkshire Beauty

To transform an old farm in the Berkshires into a country retreat for a young family from Manhattan, a pool was inserted into a steep slope between the barn, the repurposed corncrib and, behind me, the house....

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Pretty — With Parking 1: Before

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Pretty — With Parking 2: After

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Townhouse Garden “A”

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Italian Revival

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Bee Wary

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Townhouse Garden “B”

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Urban Garden 1: Before

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Urban Garden 2: After

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Townhouse Garden “D”

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Boston Bounty

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Townhouse Garden “C”

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Montreal Mosaiculture

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Down on the Farm

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Summer Parterre

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Gardening as Theater

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Estate Planting

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Intimate Dining

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Street Scene

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Lakeview

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Summer Circle

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