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.
As the planting maturation unfolds, perennials, shrubbery, & groundcovers reach their peaks first. Orchard & ornamental trees are next. Specimen & shade trees can take decades. Fortunately, the couple was “young”—in their mid-Fifties during project development & installation—and intend to be in residence for decades to come. Experiencing the maturity in real time is part of their ongoing satisfaction.
- An aerial view of the heart of the project. The copper-roofed poolhouse is upper right, with the gray-roofed garage above it, and the jewelry studio to its left. The poolhouse gazes across the pool to an enormous meshed folly for berries & grapes. A curved walkway leads to the main house, up the hill out of view at the top. It swoops through the complex, terminating in a circular gathering place in the midst of a large area devoted to pink-friendly plantings. The new garden shed is at the lower left. Between it and the folly is the cutting garden; to its right is the enormous new vegetable garden. At the cross-axis, a canopied shade structure looks across the pool, then across the lawn, to a happy oak that just happened to be in alignment.
- The poolhouse is at the far end of the pool, as seen from within a unique, focal, meshed folly that, when "doored," will enable bird-free production of "soft" fruits: grapes & berries. This so-called berry folly is the show-stopping focus when viewed from the dining terrace fronting the poolhouse.
- Looking through the berry folly along its cross axis. The swimming pool in the previous shot is to the left. Ahead are most of the cutting-garden beds; others are out of sight at the right of the berry folly. In the distance, the new garden shed.
- Incredible enormous raised beds of the new vegetable garden. This season, the sixty (!) heirloom tomato plants were in the far-right beds. Many plants rotate locations yearly to reduce the potential for soil-born disease. In the center is the front of two square beds for ornamentals to give this garden more presence outside the growing season: yuccas at the corner, white indigofera (only barely visible) ground covering between them, then gold-leaved yews forming a plinth for a hardy orange—a true citrus, and the only variety hardy north of New York.
- Looking from the corner where the cutting garden meets the new vegetable garden, across the rectangular lawn to the in-construction poolhouse, garage, curved-roof jewelry studio and, at the center left, shade structure. As is the norm for complex projects, thousands of details await implementation.