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.
- The original stone garage, repurposed for storage, backdrops the west side of the new parking court. A massive bluestone walkway, bordered by parrotias at the height of their flame-like autumn color, demands exploration.
- Planted just two years ago, the gardens that enfold the massive hardscape are burgeoning quickly. The giant arc of bluestone walkway, flanked by an arc of parrots, is irresistible. Good thing: The main entrance to the original Georgian house is well over a hundred feet away!
- At its parking court end, the arced walkway highlights a magnificent red oak.
- Plantings in a large bed—between the walkway arc, the side of the new garage and (who knew?) TWO different entrances into the new wing—will mature very large and bulky, so these two side doors don't distract from the larger destination a hundred feet farther: the main entrance of the original Georgian house. The broad-leaved evergreen is a hardy cultivar of southern magnolia. It be twenty feet wide & tall when mature.
- Looking back to the former garage from the terrace outside the Georgian portion's main door, the job of the arced walkway is dauntingly big: to connect visitors at either end of its hundred and forty feet length—even though those goals—the main entrance of the original Georgian house, and the new parking court—are completely hidden from one another.