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A creative culinary couple and their landscape designer’s inventive way with annuals created a garden that leaves conservative Northeast tradition in the dust. B Y T O V A H M A R T I N When the sun is out and the wind is still. This elegant approach to living with nature is inspirational wherever you are. Photo by Steve Gunther. where designers are pushing far past the flowers-in-a-vase paradigm. Meet Daniel Ost. Geert Pattyn and Nico De Swert. Santa Barbara and its suburb of Montecito offer an abundance of ideas and inspiration for gracious outdoor living and creative gardening. you’re one month on in the middle of May—R O B E R T F RO S T GARDEN DESIGN 5 .contents 72 M AY 2 0 0 6 58 Features 70 On the Cover A stone banco in a Montecito garden exemplifies Santa Barbara style (see page 58). B Y D O N N A D O R I A N 72 Belgium Wow “Cutting-edge floral design” rings true in Belgium. 58 La Dolce Vita Nestled in a geographically blessed Mediterranean climate. three pioneers in this born-again art form. B Y J E N N Y A N D R E W S 80 Short but Sweet 80 Cross over the Maine border into York and all bets are off. and take in the beauty and curiosity of their designs.
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com.ecowoodscalifornia. My daughAt entry of Moroccan ter-in-law.com). What you learn from watching people react to plants. A bottle tree is not a real tree. VISITING THE SAN FRANCISCO FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW WITH ME and presumably bringing a sensitivity refined by a U.anniesannuals.net). Random observations: More small gardens than usual.Wonderful green and blooming meadows by John Greenlee. More diversity.I N . ing landscapes. Called Moroccan Modern.diggingdog.C.from the editor People’s Choice MY DAUGHTER. live focus group. Digging Dog Nursery’s booth offered an amazing array of perennials and flowering shrubs. also a show visitor.com and www. had her eye on the ArmaModern garden. the show revealed lots of inspirModern Landscaping. tank-sturdy Kalamazoo grill. urns and reproductions.You can see more about the Michele Swanson and show garden in one of our upcoming issues. Happy to tell you that both nurseries sell their plants online: www. among many things. It’s great to see so many people passionate about what we deal with in every issue of Garden Design magazine. If only editors were treated that way!—B I L L M A R K E N . I saw for the first time blooming in cultivation the legendary giant coreopsis (Coreopsis gigantea) that grows wild on the islands off Southern California.-Berkeley degree in art history. exciting plants and further observations Crowd-pleasing antique on the gardening public’s behavior. including two viburnums I took home. the beautiful urns from Eye of the Day and the ribbony disguise for the Sundance Spa. designer da chaise by Brown Jordan. decorating and entertaining. builder Mike Hertzer of Beyond our garden.They’re spouting long Latin names. I coveted the elegant. It was created to display ideas for comfortable and stylish outdoor living. loved the bottle tree. E D I TO R . I’d like to see an award for Best in Show baby stroller—all the latest models were on parade. but real bottles hang on a tangle of real rebar—it is garden folk art that I never seem to get. At Annie’s Annuals. including my own. with garden styles from Japan to Baja to Morocco to Provence. And I thought pretty seriously about bringing home a garden gong that you hammer with a drumstick. It’s like a big. exhibits and products at a gardening coming-together event like this is mind-stretching and mind-blowing.C H I E F A little madness in the spring is wholesome even for the king—E M I L Y DICKINSON C A RO L I N E KO P P ( 2 ) . rubbing their hands on fine teak and treating garden designers like rock stars. the garden was designed by Michele Swanson and built by Modern Landscaping.What would neighbors think? On my dream wish list: a garden teepee by Jesse Salcedo (jdsalcedo@earthlink. We are pleased to say that visitors to the show liked the Garden Design exhibit garden enough to vote it the People’s Choice award.What did our “focus group” visitors react to? The travertine paving squares.You see what people really like. I spotted a great solution for a boring slab of concrete: Cover with an ipe deck in modular form (www.
Thank you so much and keep up the great work!—Redelyn Guiting. we’d like to correct a small error that crept into the article about us in your July/August 2005 issue. We do apologize to the good people of Fremont for the extra “e. I would like to obtain a copy for our home.” by EmilyYoung. though its bark is pinkish rather than white. More “NameThat Plant” What plant is pictured in your March issue on page 76. to infestation by borers. It referred to us as a “wholesale nursery.com Correction On page 36 of the April issue the city of Fremont. and the sofa fits with our backyard landscaping plans this year. utilis var. Central Ohio The designers were unavailable to answer your question by press time. mandschurica from China.The deck is perfect. Mesogeo Greenhouse. I would love to know what kind of plant that is for future reference. B. in the January/February issue. Burbank.mailbox On Deck We own an urban home in a historic section of downtown Indianapolis that’s very much like the home shown in the article “Urban Spaceman.The problem with white birches in the Midwest is their susceptibility. was misspelled as Freemont. California. www.Thanks much for the chance to set this straight. that’s actually a furcraea. jacquemontii. the grasslike plant in the foreground? It looks like a variegated Dianella tasmanica in a more yellowish color. papyrifera.”We are actually a retail nursery open to the general public. or B.Would this gentleman have a plan or drawing for this sofa/deck? If so.” . Another option would be to use a native species like river birch. IN According to landscape architect Rob Steiner. a white-barked birch better-suited to the heat in the Midwest (specifically Zones 2 to 6 and sometimes even to 7).You might have more success with B.The article shows a back deck with a sofa/storage center and mentions KyleTracy as the carpenter. Best Ohio Birch What species of birch did Michel Desvigne and Christine Dalnoky use in the garden on page 112 of the March issue? —Megan King.Washington. who has narrowed it down to either Betula pendula from southern and eastern Europe or B.mesogeogarden. one is next to a bromeliad.206-8559017.What doesn’t show is the simple rail and drawer system under the bench—like a single oversize dresser drawer—that was retrofitted as an “aha moment” afterthought. the trees.We consulted our horticulture expert. nigra (especially ‘Heritage’). etc. A good carpenter should be able to customize a similar setup for your space by using the photo for reference..—Jim Newman/Kathleen Houlihan. Indianapolis. which typically kills Retail Customers Welcome As the owners of Mesogeo Greenhouse on Bainbridge Island.—Terry Moyemont. which is in the agave family. CA According to landscape designer Art Luna. the design of the deck and bench (above) was simple enough to not require plans.There are two of these plants in the picture. when stressed by drought.
From this height. PA U L G E T T Y GARDEN DESIGN 15 . a garden pays homage to the face of the building. plement the about-to-beand magnolias outwe are certainly in favor of it. were replanted after almost five years Museum of the American Indian in Wash. and San Francisco match their museums for innovation and viewing pleasure a masterful blend of old and new. Native plants like redwoods and sand-dune-like mounds of soil remind you of the park’s wild heritage.The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian opened in fall 2004.C. rebuilt to replace the earthquake-dam. underfoot at the museum’s front enmost of it very positive. Around the National scape..A bird’s-eye view reveals a zigzag of ferns and a grove of eucalyptus almost slicing one building into three. also merits praise and Above left: Native a close look. breaking new museums to crechitect Walter Hood faced museum. Visitors can best see the nearly 5 acres of landscaping from the building’s 144-foot tower.dirt MUSEUM GARDENS | PAT I O C L E M AT I S | MINI CHAIRS | N E PA L I V Y | A L C AT R A Z | N I K I I N AT L A N TA Bold new gardens in Washington. century-old Canary Island palms Park. Old favorites are given relationship between Native Americans and a new twist:A circular Pool of Enchantment their natural environment.C.C. with the venerated JapaneseTea Garden next door. New artworks are showcased alongside old: and Herzog and de Meuron’s copper-clad Andy Goldsworthy’s meandering Drawn building has earned worldwide attention. Landscape arIS IT A TREND FOR GROUNDcrop garden at D.The new landscape. In San Francisco. D. The de Young museum opened last fall. InWashington. next page: plement the buildings and add signing a landscape to comTree ferns inside to the visitor experience? If so. there’s the wanted to honor the origistartling new garden surroundnal garden and plants.While deright.in storage and now break up the southern ington..(Phoenix canariensis). ing the de Young museum in Golden Gate Historic. D. iconic building. try. contrasts admirably with the repositioned Dore vase. and the permanent plantings have settled in nicely—the birch C O U RT E S Y N AT I O N A L M U S E U M O F T H E A M E R I C A N I N D I A N ( 1 ) . More of Golden Gate Park is also inside the museum—tree ferns and eucalyptus in the skylit courtyard. Stone. the abstract ground shapes of the Garden of Enchantment resemble a Miró painting. C O U RT E S Y D E YO U N G M U S E U M ( 1 ) Museum Quality Museums do not just happen—J .Above ate innovative gardens to comseveral challenges. Fitting in with neighbors—a familiar theme for homeowners—was also an issue. he also side the de Young. replaces the old rectangular Turtle Pool. D..C. A clipped hedge of white camellias is just the right connection. saved from the old landaged landmark there.
si. terior decor to outdoor livlevel.This means that even That was the impetus for me to develop if a severe winter kills top growth back to dwarf. ing program to develop this Evison Patio Clematis Collection. see www. which aren't cool.A little prop best fits a little vine—R O B E R T HERRICK C O U RT E S Y D E YO U N G M U S E U M ( 1 ) .thinker. drainage.evisonclematis.The plants reach only shrinking. a stickler for maintaining an authentic native spirit. bushy new varieties of one of my fa.americanindian. was launched at last and this rience.These are known as grandfather rocks. easyvisit www.edu. Last year the fruit of my as well as add extra oomph labors. based on my expePatio Clematis™ Collection.The designer hues fit growth appears. tis” as they’ve been dubbed.” Before new thers. symbolic of the relationship between nature and America’s native peoples. the clematis will still grow and vorite plants—clematis.need a companion plant or some other supvide columns of color to define an outdoor port to grow on. will keep low-rooted perennials in the flowering from spring same container and they will through late summer. Plantings of some 150 species represent traditional crops and the forests. meadows and wetlands of the Chesapeake Bay region.What you won’t notice are plant labels—a no-no for House. Panache™.com. Patio Perfect 16 M AY 2 0 0 6 A little saint best fits a little shrine. but their flowers are large conies.asp. For details on the NMAI. see www.Versailles™.flower the following spring. Along the building are native grasses. R AY M O N D E V I S O N ( 4 ) . the dwarf varieties in containers among flowering annuals. It took 10 years for the new lilac Angelique™ For more info on the Raymond Evison™ and Poulsen® breedand Hyde Hall™. roughhewn sandstone building occupies much of the site’s 41/2 acres and gives the visitor a sense of how Native Americans lived with nature. The focal point of the landscape is the pond near the front entry. pro. bald cypress and fallen trees left for visiting birds.dirt trees’ bark is peeling off in hefty chunks and looks ready for canoe making. and cut off the tops.That’s easy to accomplish—just plant leggy like so many of the colorful annuals or even shalolder clematis. Of special note are several dozen boulders placed around the property.ground level. AS MORE PEOPLE CHOOSE TO LIVE IN TOWN. The landscape around the curvy. new kind of clematis. stems and new growth. lots of water and excellent room or enhance the view from a deck. During the growing season.care dwarf cultivars designed for growing houses and apartments.—R U T H C H I V E R S AND BILL MARKEN plants For details on visiting the de Young museum and exhibitions.org/de young/index.What can gardeners do to overcome and are produced freely on both last year’s the space crunch? Grow up. Ethnobotanist Donna House conceived the garden in conjunction with landscape architects at EDAW in Alexandria. their gardens are in larger containers. another section is devoted to native crops grown for food and medicine.— clockwise from top left: R AY M O N D E V I S O N ing spaces. Plants ed with red. grasp all the Sampling of the Patio with the trend to extend instems 12 inches above soil Clematis™ Collection. Angelique™ is in the Patio Clematis Colpalest lilac and Parisienne™ lection do well with the is mauve with reddish an“ponytail prune.Virginia. often to the size of patios or bal.3 or 4 feet tall. realistic touches include cattails.They also like their roots to be kept And the multistemmed plants. can be planted Like other clematis. the Raymond Evison to the flower display.These “patio clema. And. protect the clematis’ roots. you can forget all spring three new colors have those complex rules about been added to the group— pruning associated with oldBourbon™ is purple-bander clematis varieties.
and even a historical or culinary tidbit or two. Botanical Interests. tiny Caladium humboldtii. IL 62079. if only for a few months.—L AU R I E G R A N O Cottage Garden. ‘Chater’s Double’ hollyhock. hand-picked seeds are untreated with chemicals and represent more than 400 varieties. Now their family-owned company.mobot. frost dates. Make a day of it by first visiting the inspirational Missouri Botanical Garden (www. in Broomfield. Cottage Garden.“Our aim is for the gardener using our seeds to say at the end of the season. days to harvest or bloom. The mom-and-pop operation still offers a hefty share of hardy perennials. Louis dreams of a backyard jungle can be fulfilled. fyi For more information. outside and inside the beautifully designed seed packets. vegetable and herb seeds. Botanical Interests artfully includes plenty of information. destination nursery PrairieTropical THE MOST STYLISH GARDENS ALWAYS SEEM TO be exotic paradises thriving in coastal climates. planting depth. because in a place not far from St. 10 basils and 23 peppers. Visitors can shop from among 60 varieties of hummingbird favorites and tour the stock-plant greenhouse for a peek at what’s coming next season. Cottage Garden is only a 45-minute northeasterly drive away. used to stifling summers and blood-stilling winters.’”—E L L E N W E L L S Left to right: Cottage Garden nursery offers a choice selection of tropicals for Midwesterners. Chris Kelley and husband/business partner. Illinois. and fabulous Nicotiana mutabilis. Jones and Seaborn say.Today she calls the nursery a “plant zoo” specializing in “tropicalismo on the prairie. color and habit. Seeds are available from retail stores and independent Web sites. is run by a selfprofessed plantaholic who feels your pain. soil.botanicalinterests. including a Certified Organic line and heirlooms. 18 M AY 2 0 0 6 Convince me that you have a seed there.” unusual tender annuals that love the region’s steamy summers and balmy early autumns. Each packet is like a ministory about the plant. C H R I S K E L L E Y ( 2 ) . opened a retail and mailorder perennial nursery in 1987. Justicia carnea ‘Radiant’. Louis. has become a source for top-quality flower. including hostas and many hard-to-find natives such as pale-yellow Baptisia x ‘Carolina Moonlight’. on everything gardeners need to know and then some—water.‘Teatime Red’ hibiscus.‘What a terrific gardening year this was. grown in the Midwest for its striking golden foliage. seven varieties of gourds. Look for Brugmansia‘Super Nova’ with its 16-inch-long white trumpet blooms. 6967 Illinois Route 111. New last year was Jasminum officinale Fiona Sunrise™. I did a great job. email firstname.lastname@example.org. and I am prepared to expect wonders—H E N R Y DAV I D T H O R E A U C Z A C H S TO VA L L ( 1 ) .To a Midwestern prairie gardener. Call 618-729-4324 or see www. Piasa. skillfully arranged in sample containers and beds.com. But it's the tempting tropicals. Colorado.dirt growing TOP SEED More than 10 years ago Curtis Jones and Judy Seaborn came together in life and in business. rex begonia vine (Cissus discolor) in front of Hosta ‘Golden Sculpture’. Bill Kelley. A sampling of noteworthy items includes ‘Black Magic’ bachelor button.The rigorously tested. ‘Candy Stripe’ cosmos. light.A passion for the colorful personalities of tropicals gradually overtook Chris.com or see www. in small-town Piasa (pronounced PIE-a-saw). Fret not. flatlanders.‘Thumbelina’ carrot.com. and proprietors the Kelleys will recommend several charming eateries nearby to satisfy a gardener’s more visceral hunger.org) in St.This year it’s shrimp plant. that are the draw for an experimental palate. such lush displays are an unfair tease.
Ah. gentleman farmer William Alexander recounts with wry humor and dead-on insight his joys. In the end.. relaxing hobby. the tomato does cost $64.. the triumph of optimism over experience.—Jenny Andrews .. epiphanies and philosophies as he realizes that the road to his idyllic garden is paved with Japanese beetles. "Gardening is often thought to be a genteel. $22. the food! A litany of every possible gardening experience—from deer fencing to weed-filled topsoil to canning an overabundance of peaches to planting a meadow—this book will strike a chord (and hit a few nerves) with anyone who dreams of orderly rows of ripening veggies and eating a tomato fresh off the vine.books QUEST FOR EDEN As anyone who has ever gardened even briefly knows. gardening more often resembles blood sport. it's worth all the drama even if. sometimes to the funny farm. woes. He says. groundhogs. it can be an epic journey. In The $64 Tomato (Algonquin Books.95). when expenses are tallied and amortized.For me. and the food. weeds and misguided contractors." So why do it? For Alexander it's a fascination with the cycle of life.
NY.org. from the past 180 years. (Vitra’s mini-Diamond is the indoor chrome version. Garden-. Other indoor-outdoor creations include the 1986 sinuous bent and welded steel Spine by Andre Dubreuil and the 1952 latticelike Diamond Chair by Harry Bertoia.The little chairs range in price from about $100 to more than $600 each. Still. albeit much-scaled-down. including a palm-size version of the wicker Gala designed in 1950 by Franco Albini.—LAURIE GRANO C O U RT E S Y V I T R A D E S I G N M U S E U M ( 3 ) . P E T E R L O E W E R ( 1 ) 20 M AY 2 0 0 6 A chair is a very difficult object to design. TheVitra Design Museum has added four new mini chairs. today. inWeil am Rhein.. and the 1986 painted-steel Thinking Man’s Chair by Jasper Morrison. San Francisco.A skyscraper is almost easier—L U D W I G M I E S VA N D E R RO H E . replicas.MoMAstore. patio.dirt fyi Chairs are available at Vitra.or porch-centric chairs in the miniatures lineup include the castiron Gartenstuhl designed in 1820 by Karl Friedrich Schinkel. 29 Ninth Ave. NY. the mini-Panton (sold in sets of five) and a full-sized model are reproduced by Vitra in an inexpensive polypropylene that works well on a patio. the painted-metal Midway Gardens Chair by Frank LloydWright in 1913. 212-463-5750. Indoor chair Lockheed Lounge designed by Marc Newson in 1986. stackable plastic Panton Chair in 1960. 415-296-0711. New York. Germany. which includes seating by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. 557 Pacific Ave. to its ever-growing Miniatures Collection which now includes close to 100 tiny perfect copies of classic chairs.. started producing handmade chairs that are one-sixth the size of famous originals housed in Vitra’s permanent collection. the original chair was also made in a rubberized white for outdoor use. Clockwise from top left: Panton Chair set.)Verner Panton designed the colorful. 212-708-9700. In 1992 the museum. and MoMA Design and Book Store. the petite Panton and other Vitra miniatures are valuable collectibles and should be displayed in a protected area. CA. 53rd St. 11 W. indoor and outdoor. www. Frank Gehry and Philippe Starck. COLLECTING miniature chairs is a stylish vice—and a great way for space-strapped furniture junkies to live with history-making design. to ensure the minis are exact. Charles Rennie Mackintosh. collecting Big Design. Small Package WHEN IT COMES TO ADDICTIONS. Gala by Franco Albini.. then costly to make and considered too precious for outdoor use. New York. Vitra officials say. Charles Eames. Special licensing agreements are arranged with designers or designers’ estates.
but I’ve found it quite hardy in my Asheville garden (Zone 6b). where we often have windy winter nights around 0 degrees.At the top of my list is the variegated Nepal ivy (Hedera nepalensis var. I called proprietor Fairman Jayne and learned that the nursery does stock this plant and that it’s hardy at their location in the North Carolina mountains.” agreed Fairman. Mature plants can produce striking yellow or orange umbels of fruits. I was lucky to collect a wonderland of unique plants from those horticultural handouts.Today this treasure spills over the stone wall in my side garden. the vines recover in spring.C.“and a continuing salute to Raulston’s genius at collecting. Each year in this salute to plants.”—P E T E R L O E W E R . a black trash bag full of rooted cuttings was handed out to members of the nursery trade at conventions across the state. Plants are easy to propagate using only single-node cuttings. Raulston. Fortunately I live near Sandy Mush Herb Nursery (www.sandymushherbs. founding director of a unique plant collection and arboretum in Raleigh now called the JC Raulston Arboretum in his honor.“It's a beauty. com). One difficulty in writing about great plants is including a source. Its 5-inch lobed leaves have cream-colored veining and neat splatters of lime green. For the arboretum the purpose was to broaden the selection of plants available for sale to keep the industry in high gear. Since the owners are longtime admirers of Raulston.While there is some leaf burn in really cold winters. sinensis 'Marbled Dragon') I acquired in 1997.i love this plant NEPAL IVY One of the happiest times as a horticulturist or nursery person in North Carolina was the annual plant distribution engineered by the late J. The ivy’s hardiness has been listed as Zone 8 (usually in British references).
in attempts to make the bleak landscape more inviting. Alcatraz gardeners sought out plants from parts of the world with climates similar to that of California’s coast. calla lilies and fuchsias (among nearly 200 native and exotic varieties found so far) have proven to be as tough as the convicts who once tended them. each day attracts thousands of visitors who are ferried across San Francisco Bay’s unforgiving waters to tour the creepy historic cellblock.gov/alcatraz/nature. in meager soil amid tumbled ruins and wild overgrowth.die Reichel. exotics are thriving without a pink geraniums lot of intervention.dirt restoration Paradise on Devil’s Island ALCATRAZ ISLAND. “People always talk about using natives for sustainable gardens. and national gardening trends. 22 M AY 2 0 0 6 It looks like Alcatraz has got me licked—A L CAPONE L I N DA OYA M A B RYA N ( 2 ) . once apparent only to those who knew where to look. designed small Victorian-style plots planted in soil brought over by barge.) After Alcatraz tional RecreationArea. see the gardens is to see the island’s softer side.—L AU R I E G R A N O For information see www. and fueled by volunteers. HOME OF THE INFAMOUS prison. In restored sections visitors linger and take care not to litter. Plantings later increased when a gardening rehabilitation program was created for prisoners. A N D R E B A R A N O W S K I ( 1 ) . park service ranger. guided a team of inmates in of the abandoned gardens is underway.” says Jayeson Vance. Russell A. at one time at least 2 acres of them.parksconservancy. let alone the once-vibrant gardens. restoration taught gardener. Officers and their wives. Yes. chemical or and yellow sedums otherwise. few people noticed the gardens.Army fort into a military prison. Golden Gate National became a federal penitentiary in 1934. Led by the Golden Gate Na. FredParks Conservancy and The Garden Conser. how humans and plants interact. to at Alcatraz. which at their peak offered neighboring San Franciscans dramatic views. when the island was being transformed from a U. secretary to the warden and selfvancy. The hidden gardens of Alcatraz.” says Carola Ashford. further improving the island’s colorful casInformation accumulated over a hundred cading gardens.” (left) thrive among “This place is so harsh with all other tough plants the gray rock and concrete.When the prison closed in 1963. The neglected roses. agaves. and their resilience is beor so years shows the gardens to be an intriguing microcosm of how plants are introduced to an initially barren habitat.Beatty and Michael Boland. “These Agaves (above).nps.S.org and www. there are gardens on The Rock. C O P Y R I G H T L E C H J A R E T KO ( 1 ) .The gardens date to the late 1860s. C O P Y R I G H T S A R A H C A R M O DY ( 1 ) . plants maintained by inmates were on their own. ing rewarded. are being set free for all to enjoy. Perhaps one day the plantings will be as powerful a draw as the haunting prison buildings. Over the years. the restoration is teaching just how hardy exotic ornamentals can be. (The fascinating history is covered in the 1996 book Gardens of Alcatraz by John Hart. ice plants. and since then the skeleton staff has had its hands full preserving the crumbling buildings. project manager of the Alcatraz Historic Gardens Project for the Garden Conservancy.The budget-strapped National Park Service took over the site in 1972.
including the Tarot Garden in Tuscany. whom ABG director Mary Pat Matheson calls "one of the most significant female artists of the 20th century. including 36 large pieces—some as long as 25 feet—as well as smaller works.Avant Garden is also a perfect stage set for innovative pieces that bring the outdoors in.A few sculptures can even be entered and the mosaics continue on the interior walls. the Stravinsky Fountain in Paris and Queen Califia's Magical Circle in Escondido. some of the figures are so large they had to be moved in sections. Charlie." both startling and joyful. spare lines of midcentury modernism.shopping AVANT GARDEN When Kristin and Charlie Allen saw the dilapidated gas station in the idyllic Westchester County town of Pound Ridge. "Niki in the Garden" is one of the most extensive exhibitions of Saint Phalle's sculptures. 1998. from faux bois.—D O N N A D O R I A N For more information call 914-764-0010 or see www. sculpture and amoebic-shaped planters. zinc-topped tables.“One of our most satisfying recent sales was a complete set of Woodard’s classic wire-mesh Sculptura line from the 1950s. she created monumental. with Charlie. Germany and California. industrial street lanterns to stone-topped game tables and anthropomorphic lamps. set and costume designer. Her work can be seen in public spaces worldwide. glass and semiprecious stones. Influenced by artists like Antonio Gaudi and Salvador Dali. and Guardian Lion.” says Kristin.Yves Klein and her husband. they realized that its industrial look and soaring ceilings were a perfect match for their garden antiques shop.avantgardenltd. which included Christo." created by firing a gun at containers of paint. "Niki in the Garden" will be on display through October. Gérard Deschamps. “We wanted to invigorate the vocabulary of garden antiques.com. for example. France.Avant Garden. Coming from as far away as France. eerie totems and zaftig dancing women.” says Kristin. Belgium and Italy. Every Thursday evening the garden will be open to the public and the sculptures lit for "Niki Nights. their polymer forms covered with glittering mosaics of tile. —J A But man does not create…he discovers—A N T O N I O GAUDI GARDEN DESIGN 23 .Welcome to the fanciful world of noted French artist Niki de Saint Phalle. is often on buying trips to England." Above: Nana on a Dolphin. surreal figures. NewYork. opened Avant Garden in 2003. California.” says Kristin. exibits NIKI IN ATLANTA To walk through the Atlanta Botanical Garden this spring is to enter a dreamscape peopled with oversize animals.They are part of the new generation of antiques dealers drawn to the clean. but eventually sculpture became her primary medium. who.A European étagère. self-taught artist and the only female member of the Nouveau Realisme movement. Saint Phalle was unconventional as an artist and a woman—fashion model. has extraordinary detail— even its rivet pieces are interesting. and their passion is evident in the shop filled with industrial containers.“There is really a big difference between American and European industrial. Because the warm-weather season is so short in the Northeast. 2000. who is English by birth. She was famous in the 1960s for her "shooting paintings. two of the works by Niki de Saint Phalle on display. Jean Tinguely. When they aren’t minding the shop or showing at top design and garden shows in the New York area.
Africa and South America.NY. having won awards across the globe for a unique visual vocabulary underscored by the variety and quantity of flowers she regularly garners from growers in Asia. stretch an elastic band around the bowl and slip the beans under it. Banchet Jaigla. approaches the season. Cut the green tops off just-picked carrots and place one top between each group of tulips. using raffia to tie each group together. Her latest project is Flower Bar. To wrap the bowl in fava beans. Conceal the band by tying over it tightly with raffia wire. D E L A C O RT E MICHAEL KRAUS . WORKING OUT OF HER barn in Bedford. Here are instructions on how one floral designer.Today she has an international reputation. Bunch up the lettuce and place it at the top of the arrangement. Flowers and cocktails are an irresistable combination—and it happened at Flower Bar first. to open early this summer in her enlarged flower shop in Manhattan’s edgy meatpacking district. champagne and readyto-go floral arrangements will be offered.NewYork.While bars are generally lined with liquor bottles.The tulips are my speech.com.www. Pour enough water into the bowl to reach the bottom of the tulip stems. the cutting edge SPRING POTAGER BANCHET JAIGLA STARTED MAKING FLORAL DESIGNS 19 YEARS AGO. Banchet’s effusive orchid arrangements will be on display instead.dirt RECIPE 30 pink parrot tulips 6 long green carrot tops 24 red-tinted fava beans one small bunch of red-leaf lettuce raffia wire 1 round glass bowl about 8 inches in diameter.. the length of the fava beans Celebrate spring this year by giving vegetables a place of honor in your bouquets.—D D Banchet Flowers:809Washington St. 24 M AY 2 0 0 6 The fountain is my speech.212-989-1088.The grass and trees are my speech—G E O R G E T. Bunch the tulips together in groups of five. then add the tulips to the bowl. NewYork.BanchetFlowers. where wine.
The latest trends are dwarf. MACROPHYLLA ‘GENresprouting in spring. Zones Selections of arborescens and paniculata are hardy to Zone 4. hydrangeas can be abused and still reward the gardener with lush foliage and showy flowers. tains alkaline soil condiVirtually all of them tions.Almost all bloom in white. Most of the familiar kinds hail from China. hydrangeas thrive in full sun (given ample water). allowing ‘Brunette’ to withstand the heat of bear red flowers. pink. For longer enjoyment. but others in this genus of around 100 species come from the Philippines. while the Zone 9 summers. more acidic soil in the open ground promotes Exposure While most blue in Generale. the Himalayas.growing Voluptuous or dainty. ERALE VICOMTESSE The species involucrata DE VIBRAYE’ AND needs the milder tem‘BRUNETTE’ peratures of Zone 7 Container culture mainand warmer areas.The rebloomers have revolutionized hydrangeas and made them available even for gardeners in colder climates. and those of quercifolia to Zone 5. Indonesia and South America. while mopheads offer zaftig clusters of all-sterile flowers. used almost like a perennial—dying back to the ground over winter and H. —R AY RO G E R S Appeal Mostly easy to grow. gold-foliaged and reblooming hydrangeas and ones with oversize flower clusters on sturdy stems. but rebloomers like Endless Summer™ flower on both new and old wood and can be grown in Zone 4. warm place.Think of them as workhorses with a strong desire to please. The flashier macrophylla and compact serrata types do best from Zone 6 and southward. Lacecap types bear demure seed-producing flowers surrounded by sterile ones. Japan and North America. blue or lavender on mounded or treelike coarse-leaved plants. Heavenly Hydrangeas P H OTO G R A P H S B Y L E E A N N E W H I T E 26 M AY 2 0 0 6 To analyze the charms of flowers is like dissecting music—H E N R Y THEODORE TUCKERMAN . gather in peak bloom and hang in an airy. their flower heads can be dried. hydrangeas offer color and solid-citizen stability to borders and containers MORE THAN SUMMER DECORATION FOR SEASHORE COTTAGES OR SPACE-FILLERS ALONG FOUNDATIONS. hydrangeas are versatile shrubs suitable for almost any garden in areas that experience some winter cold.
Hydrangea involucrata bears pleasingly fuzzy leaves. sterile ones.H. INVOLUCRATA Although not obvious in this picture. airy lacecap clusters of pale blue to pink-mauve fertile flowers punctuated by a few showier.To 3 feet tall and twice as wide. Blue color is everlastingly appointed by the Deity to be a source of delight—J O H N RUSKIN GARDEN DESIGN 27 .These offer an attractive backdrop for the open.
Hardier than many hydrangeas. whether aluminum is available in the soil (flowers in shades of blue and purple) or not (flowers red). Cutting back paniculata types hard in spring promotes larger flower clusters. especially in areas with long. acidity or alkalinity is an issue for macrophylla types. alkaline soils restrict access to aluminum. moist soils with lots of organic matter make hydrangeas happy. ROT H ( 1 ) Always richly colored. but don’t knock off flower buds at the ends of the shoots. may reach 3 to 4 feet tall and wide.‘Limelight’ goes one step beyond the others with its big clusters of lime-green flowers that age to white.  H. serrata and involucrata as spring growth begins. V I N C E N T M I L L AY S U S A N A . pink and lavender. Also known as ‘Peacock’. In acidic soils. ‘BRUNETTE’ 28 M AY 2 0 0 6 I will be the gladdest thing under the sun! I will touch a hundred flowers and not pick one!—E D N A S T. MACROPHYLLA ENDLESS SUMMER™ 1 3 2 4 Without question the hottest hydrangea in the trade. promoting blue and purple flowers. aluminum is readily available. to Zone 4. Blooms are dark pink in low-aluminum soils.While they all tolerate a range of soil pH. FAUSTIN TRAVOUILLON’ Somewhat smaller than loftier macrophylla types at about 4 feet tall. Not as tall or vigorous as many of its kin. Unlike most macrophyllas.‘Endless Summer’ starts blooming early and keeps producing flowers (on new and old wood) throughout the season.growing  H. MACROPHYLLA they grow equally well in partial shade. Care Remove dead wood from established plants of macrophylla. leading to red. . well-drained. Expect a mature plant to reach 10 feet high by 6 feet wide. Pruning is rarely needed to keep most quercifolias looking good. Cut arborescens selections to the ground every other year or so to keep them neat. it flowers freely and over a long season. PANICULATA ‘LIMELIGHT’ Similar to the ‘Grandiflora’ (PeeGee) types. hot summers.  H. MACROPHYLLA ‘MME. making it a good choice for containers. Regular applications of aluminum sulfate promotes bluer flowers.Try them in east-facing locations in your garden and in the bright shade under high-pruned trees in a woodland setting.  H. Soil Reasonably fertile. New enough that its ultimate height isn’t well-documented.
where most of these photos were taken. For more information see www.hydrangea.growing fyi Thanks to Wilkerson Mill Gardens in Palmetto. 1 30 M AY 2 0 0 6 The very pink of perfection—O L I V E R GOLDSMITH .com. Georgia.
MACROPHYLLA ‘MARÉCHAL FOCH’ Though less cold-hardy than many macrophyllas. sparkling like a star in our hands and melting like a snowflake—F R A N C I S BACON GARDEN DESIGN 31 . pyramidal. QUERCIFOLIA ‘SNOWFLAKE’ Handsome oaklike foliage and attractively peeling silvery brown bark are reasons enough to plant any quercifolia. drooping heads of sterile flowers that look like stacked stars. 2 We have only this moment. H.  H. but this selection also features footlong. the profusion of saturated rose-pink mopheads of ‘Maréchal Foch’ makes it a favorite as an indoor plant in cooler regions. Expect it to reach 8 feet tall and nearly as wide.
The entire cluster becomes red in the absence of aluminum. darker new growth. MACROPHYLLA ‘KARDINAL’ 1 3 2 4 In the presence of soil aluminum. Under 5 feet tall. Quercifolias are the boldest and have the coarsest texture of the lot. Less cold-hardy than other macrophyllas. Vigorous plants mature at less than 4 feet high. MACROPHYLLA ‘NIGRA’ Although the pink or pale blue flowers are of some interest. lending visual strength to shrub borders and woodland plantings. White lacecaps gradually turn pink as the season progresses. Can grow 3 feet tall and almost twice as wide. as seen here. and the dark green leaves acquire red and purple shades in autumn. Extra fertilizer and routine removal of older shoots encourages stronger. MACROPHYLLA ‘GIMPEL’ Fully mature flower heads show a strong contrast of white fertile flowers and pink sterile ones. Has an attractive upright plant habit.  H.  H. dark pink sterile flowers.growing  H. MACROPHYLLA ‘TOKYO DELIGHT’ d e s i g n i n g w i t h hy d r a n ge a s White-flowered selections create the illusion of snowballs in summer. Macrophylla selections make imposing container plants—feature a pair in big lead-colored urns—and paniculata selections can be maintained as good-sized “trees” in large terra-cotta pots. especially on plants grown in partial shade. Spotted stems offer additional visual interest. the intricate lacecap flowers bear small fertile mauve flowers contained within a circlet of large. 32 M AY 2 0 0 6 ’Tis my faith that every flower enjoys the air it breathes—W I L L I A M W O R D S W O RT H . About 3 feet tall.Among the newer selections (introduced in 1986) and not as cold-hardy as some. Mass pink and blue types with similarly colored garden phlox (Phlox paniculata selections) and lilies for a visual confection of candy colors. Blue selections look like sapphires against a gray wall or set alongside a slate patio. grow this hydrangea more for its striking black stems. Remember hydrangeas in containers will need extra watering.  H.
in just over an hour.” Witt says.Witt. and music in its roar I love not Man the less. Luxurious. Instead. than 76 miles. rugged plants. offering multiple options for elegant but relaxed outdoor living. and Harris.” saysWitt. but Nature more—L O R D B Y RO N GARDEN DESIGN 35 .P O RT E R ( 2 ) OceanView By the deep Sea. Three Kings and Dead Poets Society. casual outdoor living. motor up the California coast from their home in Brentwood and.A.The couple’s stylishly understated weekend escape began as one house over 20 years T I M S T R E E T.decor C R E AT I V E I D E A S I N E X T E R I O R D E C O R AT I N G The pergola extends toward the Pacific Ocean. a film and TV producer. aTV writer/producer. combined with wild. “We've had 40 to 50 people over at one time. THEY SKIP THE AIRPORT HASsles and jet lag. “We love to be here without the phone ringing. are comfortably ensconced at their seaside retreat on Rincon Point just outside Carpinteria. makes this coastal retreat a California dream WHEN PAUL JUNGER WITT AND SUSAN HARRIS WANT TO GET AWAY. who produced the movies Insomnia. It feels much farther away from L. and it never felt crowded.
westringia. windswept site. like it just grew. says. long walks. “With five children and two grandchildren. Right: A removten together. grasses and sedges such as Ravenna grass and Carex pansa. able canopy blocks the F O R M : “Paul and Susan wanted a sun’s glare in summer. but they outdoor fireplace warms wanted privacy. in the early ’90s. too. lavender and lan- tana. Afterward. “We wanted it to look like he hadn’t been here.” says Harris.decor ago. whose sitcom credits include Soap. Nagelmann knit the two lots together and softened the architecture using lavish masses of hardy rugosa roses. F U N C T I O N : Witt and Harris visit their weekend getaway throughout the year to indulge their passions for reading. Benson and The Golden Girls. they hired Santa Barbarabased Eric Nagelmann to design a “wild. the full view of the beach. the couple bought the house next door. natural and unrestrained” garden to blend with the rugged.”Witt says. “We have a blended family. playing charades and lingering over casual meals of salad and grilled Top:The shady entry fish. Then. He removed a fence that once separated his clients’ beach house 36 M AY 2 0 0 6 Alone I walked on the ocean strand. so courtyard is filled with the garden is full of happy memohydrangeas and Impatiens ries of when the kids have all gotbalfourii.The result is a dreamy oceanfront paradise worthy of a five-star resort.” Nagelmann the patio in winter. a pearly shell was in my hand—H A N N A H FLAGG GOULD . Back then.” Harris says. razed it and built a guesthouse. we needed more room.
T I M S T R E E T.P O RT E R ( 2 ) How fine has the day been! How bright was the sun. how lovely and joyful the course that he run!—I S A A C WAT T S GARDEN DESIGN 37 .
“There’s a practicalwall—an ideal spot for ity to it because things watching the sun set.’” Nagelmann zoysia atop the new seasays. “The garden is kind of Right:A Weatherend glamorous without being bench sits on a carpet of too ‘done. Carex glauca and . which added 8 feet to the garden.decor and wood deck from the neighboring property. He built a massive seawall out of basalt boulders. bougainvillea and podranea spill over a pergola.” between the two lots gets PLANTS: Harris asked for both sun and shade next pink and purple blooms.” she says.Along the beach. the couple otherwise gave him free rein. it just evolved. to an Australian tea tree. S T Y L E : Exposure to the seashore’s extreme heat and cold. now the guest quarters with a pergola shading a cozy fireplace and spacious Cantera stone patio. hydrangeas. drying winds and corrosive salt spray made decorating with sturdy furniture and plants a must. “What’s so unusual about this garden is how unplanned it was. while ‘Checkerboard’ fuchsia. but since she and Nagelmann were on the same page. and finished it with a wroughtiron gate based on an original at the Casa del Herrero estate in nearby Montecito. have to stand up to the Opposite:A small patio harsh elements.There were never any drawings. Impatiens balfourii and nemesia clamber around clipped boxwood and potted junipers. In the entry courtyard.
The deck featuresWeatherend teak chaises and tables. but it turned out reddish-brown.”Witt says.A small patio tucked beneath an existing Australian tea tree recycles a wicker sofa and armchairs found in storage.Ravenna grass sprout from the sand. “We had to wait two years for it to turn silver again. and small Australian tea trees (Leptospermum laevigatum) hide the pergola supports.P O RT E R ( 2 ) . “We had some wood furniture refinished.com. almost everything has taken on a weathered patina the owners adore. the surf is huge and the beach is empty.Witt and Harris relish winters at the beach almost more than summers.” Witt says. Side hedges of Melaleuca nesophila and Pittosporum crassifolium screen out neighbors. and thorny ‘Mermaid’ roses discourage trespassers. but the light is golden. “We love being here when it’s cold in the afternoon and we can start a fire at dusk. fax 805-963-2306 or e-mail nag@silcom. McGuire rattan seating and an antique Indian bed upholstered in fade-resistant Sunbrella fabric.” B O N U S : Like the surfers who flock to catch Rincon Point’s spectacular swells. F U R N I S H I N G S : The pergola’s gossamer polyester canopy shelters a faux-stone dining table lit by a crystal chandelier. T I M S T R E E T.”—E M I LY YO U N G For more information contact Eric Nagelmann: 805-966-3928. Santa Barbara Umbrella umbrellas and washable white terry-cloth slipcovers. “Days are shorter. Whether old or new. westringia buffers the deck.
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to make sure that table. Designer Dan Zelen. a multitasking designer whose Los Angeles-based shop. tion in his own shop.. Invited to decorate a table for an early-evening party outdoors. (At only 800 square feet. Dan is known for his instant recognition of what’s hot and what’s not—and for having an eye for imbuing each of his floral arrangements with all the je ne sais quoi of a fashion statement.) Also working as a stylist and the creative director of the trendsetting garden décor shop Inner Gardens in L. the shop is where good things—furnishings. garden with plants and Dan looked for inspiraobjects from the sea. opened its doors in spring 2004. where a set of look-alike The art of dining well is no slight art. top. and tabletop wares—come in small packages. bring the outdoors to the table. Dan worked with L. accessories. terrace and pool decorated a tabletop for an environment all worked outdoor party as if he were together.Then focusing designing a small seaside on the tabletop itself. chairs. Zelen Home.A. the pleasure not a slight pleasure—M I C H E L D E M O N TA I G N E GARDEN DESIGN 45 .entertaining Designer Dan Zelen creates an al fresco tabletop with ideas inspired by the fruits of the sea and the garden E N J OY T H E G R E AT O U T D O O R S Plein Air Dining P H OTO G R A P H S B Y S T E V E G U N T H E R “WHEN ENTERTAINING OUTDOORS. who designed the outdoor space.A. landscape designer Scott Shrader.” says Dan Zelen.
In a sense it was just like designing a room. as if the tabletop were the beach itself. So instead of engineering the usual flowers in a vase. see www. starfish and shells interspersed between vintage dishes and stemware. For more information on Scott Shrader. sea urchin shell bowls and a candelabra he designed from mesquite wood sparked the idea of designing the table with an ocean motif. sea shells. call 323-658-6755.shraderdesign.entertaining An overview of the table displays an ocean-themed assortment of mesquite wood. where a single piece of furniture—here a single accessory—sets the stage for every style decision that follows. coral shells and the sea urchin bowls directly on the table. 46 M AY 2 0 0 6 At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well. and even the fruits matched the color scheme. succulents. Dan’s point was to make a table look like a seashore garden. he placed the driftwood candelabra at the center of the table and then set white sand. every- thing became part of the scene— the Martini picks were each topped with a cultured pearl. and talk well but not too wisely—S O M E R S E T MAUGHAM . succulents. Like a well-orchestrated still life.com.—D O N N A D O R I A N For more information on Dan Zelen Home.
plant what you can back into the garden (which means don’t remove their roots!). use grapevines as runners. The textures and colors of a purple succulent. Zelen scattered sandlike crushed white glass on the table and topped it with a starfish and a succulent. Before the meal begins. for example. But where is the man that can live without dining?—O W E N MEREDITH GARDEN DESIGN 47 . Incorporate flowers and foliage from the garden at hand. hosta leaves as placemats—or visit your local nursery for ideas. a starfish and a ceramic bowl designed to simulate a sea urchin shell reiterate the overall seaside concept. Clockwise from top left: An olive pierced by a Martini pick topped with a cultured pearl suggests an attention to detail that never goes unnoticed. Decorated with the fruits of the garden and the sea. while strawberries pick up the colors of the cranberry glass bowls and napkins. the tabletop is sprinkled with red strawberries on red linen napkins held down by a coral seashell in a coordination of color as well as theme.tips for outdoor tabletops: Begin with a theme—here Dan drew on objects found along the seashore. accent the table with food that participates in the color scheme—here the grapes and the wine repeat the purple of succulents and sea urchin shells. To bring the memory of the beach to the table. After the meal is over.
vintage stemware: various prices. linen napkins by Libeco Home: $20 each. com. all available at Barneys New York. Call 310-838-8378 or see www. Mosaix Athena dining armchairs: $1. all available at Zelen Home. Call 212-826-8900. Call 800-24-JANUS or see www. sterling silver Martini picks with cultured-pearl tops: set of four.com. Shells. $120.113. $225.janusetcie.zelenhome. set of 4. Available from Target stores. starfish and crushed white glass:Wasabi Green. 48 M AY 2 0 0 6 I am thankful for the mess to clean after a party because it means I have been surrounded by friends—N A N C I E C A R M O DY . Call 323-653-8278 or see www.tartontheweb. Assorted succulents: Inner Gardens.com. Call 323-658-6756 or see www. Large blue French ceramic chargers: $40 each.com. Placemats by Thomas O’Brien:Target. both available from Janus et Cie. Professionali Martini glasses: By Colle for Table Art. ceramic sea urchin bowls: $40 to $120.250 each.99 each. $4. Nouvel Studio cranberry glass bowls: $14 each.entertaining s o u rc e b o o k Yin Yang dining table by Kenneth Cobonpue: $3. Call 213-629-0068.innergardens. Dan Zelen’s sandblasted mesquite-wood candelabra: $325.
Second. Radical designs for the outdoors. He’s also the revolutionized outrecipient of other.groundbreaker I N N O VAT I V E M I N D S I N G A R D E N D E S I G N Philippe Starck:“I think of the outdoors just like the indoors. motorcycles. First. Olympic torches. or simple things complicated—J E A N COCTEAU . yet chairs designed by this particular Frenchman are common in the chic outdoor cafés near the Duomo.You’ll have to search hard to find French restaurants in Milan.Although he is bestknown for designer hotels. interestingly for people with gardens. and perhaps more impressive. a genre he helped invent. I consider this to be an uncommon trait for Italians since they are fiercely protective of their cultural uniqueness. Philippe Starck has earned a unique place. less-obvious door furniture with but perhaps more-coveted acthe plastic Bubble colades. he is one of a rare few to achieve international rock-star status. is that the Italians have embraced and supported him as if he were one of their own. sneakers and. Arguably the most influential designer of his era. modern design peers. but without a roof ” IN THE PANTHEON OF CONTEMPORARY DESIGN. Starck has received myriad awards and has held exhibitions French designer in almost every major city Philippe Starck around the world. he has earned the Club Series and admiration of his hard-core Prince Aha Stool. despite a certain goofiness. his work encompasses an improbable spectrum that includes air-traffic-control towers. such as 50 M AY 2 0 0 6 Style can make complicated things seem simple.This admira- Plastic Fantastic tion is deserved because he embraces new technologies readily and is a forward thinker whose personal and social agenda is one of rebellion—the core value of modern design. outdoor furniture.
are quintessential Starck statements. the materials best able to endure the elements were limited to teak and coated cast iron.” Advances in durable plastics and new technologies have allowed him to apply his creative talents to a range of furniture that can be used outdoors. aluminum and plastic resin have become available. No chair and Prince Aha stools in the 1990s to his recent polycarbonate Ghost Family of products. they are made from polyethylene.groundbreaker the 2000 Bubble Club series. But in general Starck and his retailers avoid labeling his furniture “indoor” or “out. durable and cheap material. he said the idea came to him as he was kayaking to one of his oyster beds in the south of France. His boat was made using a strong. But his motivation was not so much the versatility of use between the interior and exterior as fyi Philippe Starck’s range the availability of of indoor and outdoor well-designed furnifurnishings are available in ture for the masses. from the polypropylene (read plastic) Dr. Inflated versions of traditional interior lounge chairs and sofas. But gardening traditionalists. 866-854mystery here. and (www. successful?There is no kartellus. 800-944why have they been so 2233) and Kartell (www. constrained by a limited palette of materials.com. ally. iconoclastic. a kind of plastic. outdoor furniture has been treated as a serious matter.The series is a blend of fantasy and function.When I asked Starck recently about the inspiration for these pieces. Prior to WorldWar II. whether their styles . about “play. See also www.”Traditionphilippe-starck. Felliniesque in humor. the United States through What makes these Design Within Reach pieces singular. It is all 8823). yet highly functional.dwr. modern materials such as stainless steel. Bubble Club is the result. and he decided it might work just as well in outdoor furniture.com. In the years since.com.
creating another surreal. oversize pieces with lounge and living-room references. But then again. he is less interested in the “responsible” side of modernism. He can be reached at rforbes@dwr. Starck should play around with this concept a little more. colorful proudly derivative. many will end up in landfills. bulky objects technically can be recycled. image. To be truly modern today. French or EngAbove: Made of lish. Ghost line. Starck’s Bubble Club group goes further. which usually translates into making the outside accessible and visible to those inside. Starck. In a time of justifiable environmental consciousness. the old standards. and edits Design Notes.This reversal results in what Starck would call “surrealism. There is one obvious and inevitable criticism that can fairly be leveled at this work.While such big. He tweaks the appropriateness of tradition as he upends the notion of appropriate materials. brings anAlice-in-Wonderland sensibility to this genre. if unintended. in contrast.are Japanese. designers and manufacturers must take into account issues of sustainability and recycling.—R O B F O R B E S Rob Forbes founded Design Within Reach in 1999. Much modern architecture and design is associated with connecting the outdoors with the indoors. are most outdoor furniture is practical. where he works with all aspects of design. He leaves that to us as well. Designers Starck’s Louis have not had much latitude Ghost stools.” merging modernism with classicism.com. literally turning the inside out. . Starck’s otherwise admirable pieces are questionable. and adorable. transporting the living room to the garden. DWR’s highly regarded online newsletter. producing colorful. So even today. like —or attitude—for experithe rest of the mentation. have typically favored polycarbonate.
which is also high garden season—but don’t let the crowds scare you off. Look for magnolias and billowy. are bedecked with hanging baskets trailing bright blooms—these are the postcard baskets that have come to symbolize the city. followed blooming azalea at by radiant Victorian bedAbkhazi Garden. consider Abigail’s Hotel. Created over a span of more than four decades by Prince and Princess Abkhazi. HALL GREG ELIGH (1) SOOKE HARBOUR HOUSE (2) .abroad O N T H E ROA D W I T H G A R D E N D E S I G N MoreThan Butchart LAST FALL. clockwise: flowers blanket the park Garry oaks with in springtime. at the southern tip of Vancouver Island. I should add.Visitors typically arrive en masse by ferry from Seattle or mainlandVancouver.000 citywide. a destination point for droves of tourists— highly pleased tourists. the glorious land- 54 M AY 2 0 0 6 Vancouver is lovely—A N T H O N Y M. especially in midsum- mer.THE ISLAND’S JEWEL The capital of British Columbia. Victoria’s Inner Harbour lampposts. Among many choice places to stay.C. crabapples and horse chestnuts. Olympic Mountains and dazzling sunsets. in the garden’s artistically planted rocky terrain. For anyone interested in gardening. WHILE I WAS “RESEARCHING” A BOOK on great garden walks. where you’ll enjoy luxe lodgings and proximity to Beacon Hill Park. Come summer. double pink Higan cherries. the island is brimming with evocative landscapes that extend well beyond The Butchart Gardens. ding schemes in summer Sooke Harbour and fall. Enchanting Abkhazi Garden is tucked away in a quiet Victoria neighborhood. a waterfront path Fuca. Horticultural feasting peaks from late February to the end of May. as flowering cherries and plums brighten city streets. including 100-year-old rhododendrons. B.WildTop left. At the park’s House on the boundary with Dallas Strait of Juan de Road. VICTORIA.. among some 1. Garry oaks preside over a panoply of species. a sojourn to Vancouver Island. reminded me how its temperate climate—and British gardening tradition—has contributed to an inspiring collection of horticultural riches. the city of Victoria boasts an English ambiance and 19th-century architecture. Restaurant reveals grand vistas of the at Harbour House.
The trip traces the West Shore’s Old Island Highway and calls for a stopover at Hatley Park. The remarkable transformation of a limestone quarry began a century ago. Early admission for Arboretum Members is 8AM. Stroll through the voluptuous array of Japanese.3222 Thanking Our Sponsors for Their Support 301 North Baldwin Avenue Arcadia. In December. Regular admission fees apply: $2. The Butchart Gardens.abroad La Garden Show MAY 6 & 7.821. scape is now cared for by The Land Conservancy of Canada. A journey fromVictoria west to Sooke is an exceptional outing. offers dreamy rooms with views.arboretum. For More Information visit www. one of NorthAmerica’s finest examples of an intact Edwardian estate. festive Christmas lighting creates a fanciful night garden. with beds and borders brimming with seasonal color.Today. when Jenny Butchart began creating her bit of garden. created over four decades. A tearoom in the property’s heritage home is a fine spot to re-energize with a snack. Italian and English rose gardens surrounding regal Hatley Castle. Sooke Harbour House.The inn’s restaurant features fresh local ingredients flavored with delicacies such as the light . has drawn over a million tourists.org or call 626. food and children’s nature crafts will create a fun-filled weekend for all to enjoy. Markham House Bed & Breakfast gives over a wing of a Tudor-style home and a separate cottage to inviting accommodations. The ongoing entertainment. Buy unique plants. Outside Sooke village. CA 91007 Abkhazi Garden. shop at the Marketplace and learn from well-known experts and authors.50 – $7. an idyllic retreat perched on a bluff overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca. with a sprawling old rhododendron underplanted with fawn lilies (erythronium). the 55-acre landscape is famous for its Sunken Garden set off by a fountain and ponds.00 Arboretum members are always free. 2006 An Entertaining Garden See the finest examples of entertaining gardens designed by the best designers in Southern California. Garden Show Hours are 9AM to 4:30PM. BEYOND THE CITY About 14 miles north of Victoria. Nestled in the countryside near Sooke.
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58 .A curtain of cape fuchsia (phygelius) drapes the gate leading to Penny Bianchi’s outdoor living area. where she entertains her friends under the arms of a live oak.
BY DONNA DORIAN PHOTOGRAPHS BY STEVE GUNTHER SWEET IDEAS FOR GRACIOUS OUTDOOR LIVING FROM MONTECITO—A HAVEN OF HORTICULTURE IN THE HEART OF SANTA BARBARA 59 . designing grand Spanish Colonial Revival estates and gardens.The traditions of expert horticulture and exquisite outdoor design continue today. Located on one of the few east-west coastlines in the country and nestled below the SantaYnez Mountains. Nurserymen and fruit growers discovered the area in the late 19th century. the beaches and hillsides face sun all day and temperatures remain mild year round. we offer places to visit and shop for Santa Barbara style.The rich and glamorous followed in the 1920s. Join us as we share ideas from three gracious Montecito gardens—full of ideas for outdoor living and decorating wherever you live. Its very special Mediterranean climate has nurtured a staggering assortment of plants and outdoor-living opportunities.LA DOLCE VITA THE SECRET OF SANTA BARBARA—AND ITS ELEGANT SUBURB MONTECITO—LIES IN ITS GEOGRAPHY. And if you get to the area.
skunks. willow leads to the guestSome years after the pond went in. flush with gates made from willow. she began to observe firsthand what it would take to create a garden that would follow nature’s course. Penny formed the vision for her garden soon after she and her husband purchased their property nine years ago. (She reciprocated by handing Oprah fresh chicken eggs 60 . some 50 other species of birds and even a coyote— can be seen in and around the pond.While exploring a neighboring 45-acre nature preserve and working closely with her landscape advisers. holds all the resonance of a carefree cottage garden in the Provençal countryside. ducks. deer. raccoons. a longtime resident of Montecito house.A GARDEN FOR QUAIL AND CASUAL ENTERTAINING GROWN FROM THE GROUND UP TO ENCOURAGE A HABITAT FOR NATIVE WILDLIFE. made their way into Penny’s yard. Now nine Above: A gate made from full-grown pairs of mallards make their home in her garden. redtail and cooper’s hawks. In the midst of the pond is a duck cote. Wildlife Federation When Oprah Winfrey moved in next door. PENNY BIANCHI’S Montecito garden. An interior designer with a penchant for creating the enchanted mise-en-scene. Penny anchored it there after discovering that it takes at least 52 days for baby mallards to fly. Penny didn’t mind at all. great blue herons. upBackyard Wildlife Habitat. Penny’s first act in her own garden was to create a pond. roses. back after it had been covered up so many years ago to make room for a the pond is at the center riding paddock. set by the initial commotion. a covey of wild quail. It was only then Penny realized that her first act in the of a certified National garden was to restore a native wetland. Right: Punctuated came by and mentioned how nice it was that Penny had brought the pond by purple butterfly bush. making them prey to a great range of animals. olive trees and thickets of vines.Today a list of wildlife almost too long to cite—blue gill and bass.
The long table is covered with a printed Provençal tablecloth and set alongside antique wrought-iron chairs. who seems to think he owns the place. blowers and mowers.As domesticated animals. Instead of grass or concrete. Penny Bianchi (holding dog.) Because quail are ground-nesters.‘You already have your place in Provence right here.through the fence on many mornings. they certified the garden as a BackyardWildlife Habitat. right) hosts her parties Provençal-style. she planted roses to feed the deer (yes. 63 . “A visitor once told me that he rents a house in Provence every summer.’” “THE FARM TABLE SET FOR A PARTY SEEMS TO HAVE STEPPED OUT OF AN IMPRESSIONIST PAINTING” Left: Surrounded by oak trees and with a chandelier hanging in the treetops. but he thought I didn’t need to do that.When Penny contacted the NationalWildlife Federation. Penny covered much of the ground with pea gravel. clematis and wisteria) to feed the birds and provide cover for small animals. Succulents and lanterns decorate her table (top). Penny hosts parties under the branches of two live oaks. which allows rainwater to seep directly into the soil without runoff. a scene that seems to have stepped out of an Impressionist painting. Being partly responsible for the 11 chickens born this year (one of the hens hid her eggs behind a bag of alfalfa). He said. the 22 chickens. under the arbors and over the bridge that crosses a small stream running across the back of the yard. walking behind Penny through the garden. Elsewhere.At the same time she banned all clippers. as well as all pesticides and herbicides. Penny planted low-growing shrubbery around the pond to provide them with cover. he has certain claims.Virginia creeper. Penny says. Penny and her husband usually wake to the call of their rooster. really) and covered the house with vines (morning glory. rooster and two dogs are all treated just as well as the wildlife.
ceanothus and hebe. Because each herb is planted in a stone pot. 64 . Adjacent to the potager is a second garden planted with easy-to-maintain shrubs. the garden focuses mainly on variegated foliage and the contrasts between leaf colors—all to the benefit of form. a birdbath stops the eye at the end of the shrub garden. ALMOST ALL CONTAINERS SOPHISTICATED AND TO THE POINT. Only lettuce and tomatoes are grown for the kitchen in spring and late summer. relies almost solely on the shape and foliage of ornamental herbs and fruit trees. the bones of the garden—bay laurel.While the herbs are changed out or moved from here to there. In between is an outdoor living area centered around an antique lead cistern and decorated with wicker furnishings. giving structure to the garden year round. such as hydrangea. clockwise:The herb garden. the point of the garden is ease and function. The main garden. Except for a rose garden set against the south stone wall of the house and the blooms that come and go on the apple tree. Created by a retired garden designer very much at the top of her form. Here the family basks in the Montecito climate surrounded by their elegant garden rooms. Right: An English lead cistern is stationed in the middle of the patio. THE SMALL EVERGREEN GARDEN SHOWN ON THESE PAGES summarizes a lifetime of experiences in the landscape. there is no digging in the ground. relaxed seating on the patio. a handsome potager just outside the kitchen. top left. there is hardly a flower in the place. rosemary. Opposite. it takes a restrained approach to the year-round possibilities of gardening in the Montecito area. Avoiding perennials that change their face through the seasons. and even the pea-gravel ground cover is maintenance-free. Although the end result is a becoming classicism. box. and apple and grapefruit trees—remain constant.A GARDEN EASY AND FUNCTIONAL. herb garden near the kitchen.
HILLSIDE OF OLIVES AND OUTDOOR ROOMS THE THREE GARDENS THAT SURROUND GREG AND BARBARA SIEMON’S HILLSIDE VILLA GIVE A virtuoso performance that explores the range and spirit of Montecito’s climate and all the major themes of the Mediterranean planting palette. rosemary and olive trees. researching what would grow on a south-facing slope in Montecito confined Barbara to herbs. Meanwhile. one needs to climb up a ladder and shake the fruit down from the tree. So inclusive is the space that the Siemons lived in the casita as their house neared completion. the Siemon house looks down on a terraced garden planted in olive trees. dry-stacked stone walls and pea-gravel paths—and particularly from the interplanting of lavender. Right:The antique Spanish gate exemplifies the detailing of the outdoor living areas. an ancient orchid cactus presides on a limestone bench. The garden began with Barbara poring over photos of gardens in Provence.There. She took her cues from French hillside terraces. a banco offers a view of a full house of outdoor rooms—a pergola-covered dining area. beneath the wide branches of a native California oak. olives and succulents.And it was so steep that it took three or four people to hold onto her and her collaborator. “but also because to harvest an olive. she even placed a ladder against an olive tree “partly because it looks so picturesque. If the 66 . landscape designer Heidie Baldwin. a gate opens to a stone-floored foyer and a stone wraparound seating area. rosemary and lavender. a swimming pool. At the end of a long drive.” Barbara admits that the garden below the house was a major challenge from the first.Left: Built on a steep hillside. lounge and bedroom. given that the hillside was covered with nothing but the tough local natives—poison ivy and cactus. Datura and wisteria perfume the air. Just beyond. to negotiate a safe path down the hill. leading her to import two dozen 100-year-old olive specimens. In her desire for accuracy. and a casita outfitted with kitchen.” she says. while a woodland garden (below) spreads on the hillside above.
Above:The Spanish-style banco is made comfortable by pillows and protected from the sun by the arms of a huge native oak. Right: An orchid cactus grows beneath a pepper tree at the entrance to the house. 68 .
Barbara planted only what could thrive there on its own—agapanthus. abundant planting. she nestled an orchid house moved from an early-20th-century Montecito estate. Wanting the garden to naturalize under the canopy of its established native oaks. And a meditation garden. a woodland garden crisscrossed by a path whose end offers a breathtaking panorama of the canyons of the Santa Ynez Mountains beyond. pittosporum. it brilliantly presents what nature intended. ornamental grasses and iris. Above the house is another world. chocolate and peppermint scented geraniums. “Olives. with a pond punctuated by a weeping mulberry and an ancient Chinese soy mill converted into a quiet fountain. too. “THE BANCO OFFERS A VIEW FROM THE OUTDOOR DINING AREA TO THE CASITA” 69 . which.” explains Barbara. an acute attention to detail and careful.They are the grand strokes of this pleasure garden.garden isn’t actually original to the site. At the top of the hillside. pepper trees and oaks formed the atmospheric mix of the old mission-style gardens of the area. provides another retreat. after much labor. fulfills the sweet promise of Montecito.
ranging from the contemporary to the antique. Composed of rare. theatrical presentation is counted among the most outstanding gardens in America.com.eyeofthedaygdc.lotusland. www.. 1212 Mission Canyon Road. Carpinteria.org. www. 70 . 805-969-2840.williamlaman. 4620 Carpinteria Ave.MUST-SEE GARDEN SPOTS AROUND eye o f t h e d ay French antique Anduze pottery and limestone fountains. www. william laman Well-edited lotusland The late Polish opera singer Madame Ganna Walska spent shop with an ever-changing mix of looks and products for interior and garden. mission dam and aqueduct offers premier display gardens and changing exhibitions. 695 Ashley Road. 805-682-4726. gathered everywhere from Western Europe to Asia. hand-carved stone statuary and American-made benches make this exquisite collection world class (above). Reservations required well in advance. 1496 E.com. Montecito. www. handmade terra-cotta. Valley Road.sbbg. 805-969-9990.org. 45 years designing this flamboyant botanical garden (above). santa barbara botanic garden Dedicated to STEVE GUNTHER (4) the biodiversity and conservation of native California plants. 805566-0778. English lead urns. this historic property with its meadow. Santa Barbara. Montecito. this surrealist. unusual and endangered tropical and semitropical plants.
Carpinteria. Along with Lotusland. the 40-year-old institution of Turk Hessellund Nursery (above). A one-of-a-kind nursery known for its jam-packed. 71 . casa del herrero This Spanish Colonial Revival house and its array of distinct and fabulous gardens open a doorway into the glamorous world of old Montecito (below). Santa Barbara. 3700 Via Real. 805-969-5871. www. this historic garden continues to have a strong influence on the private gardens in the area. it offers a wide range of unusual plants. kaleidoscopic plant offerings ranging from leading-edge introductions to the tried and true. Tiled fountains and runnels guide the way through gardens influenced by the Spanish Moors. Functioning as a virtual botanical library. located among the shops and restaurants of Santa Barbara. 805-684-6001. it offers spirited display gardens and a design service. turk hessellund Named for its original owner.seaside-gardens.casadelherraro. Montecito. www. is now run by the knowledgeable Raymond Sodomka.SANTA BARBARA seaside gardens This full-service nursery is the garden community’s gathering spot (below). Reservations are required. the 16th-century Italian Renaissance and 19th-century England. Valley Road. state-of-the-art display gardens and design services.com. 805-565-5653.com. 1387 E. 1255 Coast Village Road.
and is familiar yet somehow startling. who use the full wealth of nature to sculpt their visions.Though bouquets are popular in the United States. a celebration of fleeting beauty and the power of flowers to transform living spaces. a creative milieu where contemporary and traditional styles easily intertwine. 72 belgian . Geert Pattyn and Nico De Swert. Nowhere is this more obvious than in Belgium’s cutting-edge floral design. These are not just flower arrangers but artists. and Belgium has been renowned throughout Europe for its nurseries since the turn of the last century. Close-neighbor Holland has dominated the floral industry for over 400 years. Even art history has had its influence— the floral still-life painting of the Dutch Masters in the 16th and 17th centuries set the tone for flower arranging for hundreds of years. combines European mass arrangements with oriental simplicity. a staple like bread and milk.The impetus for this is partly historical. What has emerged is a style that shows a deep understanding of the innate qualities of even the simplest materials.Three designers whose work exemplifies the best of Belgian floral art are Daniël Ost. partly cultural. They are part of everyday life. every small town has its flower shop (or several).And Europeans take the craft of floral design very seriously—as a field of study it requires years of rigorous education and apprenticeship.BY JENNY ANDREWS wow AT THE HEART OF EUROPE SITS THE SMALL COUNTRY OF BELGIUM. there is no comparison to the passion for cut flowers in Europe. creating pieces that are both innovative and a fusion of classic styles.
Left: Daniël Ost’s stylish combination of Zantedeschia aethiopica ‘Green Goddess’.Examples from three of Belgium’s top floral designers. Below: Nico De Swert’s dainty tapestry of wax flower blossoms. 73 . Far left: Geert Pattyn’s sci-fi sculpted aspidistra leaves. Aspidistra punctata and Symphoricarpos albus.
stems and flowers like actors in a play— hydrangea blossoms in a vertical “painting” or grasses as wall sconces. 74 . Rather than nature re-created. leaves. he considers himself a “floral sculptor” rather than an arranger. In fact. his arrangements are “nature recast.Webber from Nico De Swert: Living with Flowers (Harry N. YET HIS PREFERENCE is not riotous multihued explosions but sophisticated.The traditional often takes a twist.” using berries. Abrams. 2005. $40).Wanting to bring the European love affair with flowers to the States.Nico De Swert NICO DE SWERT’S PRIMARY INSPIRATION IS COLOR. De Swert brings an artist’s eye to his work. De Swert now works as a top stylist in NewYork. monochromatic combinations through which he can better explore the sculptural qualities of his materials. he is keenly conscious of how an arrangement fits and even transforms a room.Also an interior stylist. Photographs byWendall T. like any work of art. like the beehive hairdo of gloriosa lilies above. Educated at the Royal Academy of Fine Art in Antwerp and trained in the trenches of the European cutflower industry.
75 .This page: A trio of wall vases with setaria grass adds a wild yet chic element to a contemporary setting. below: Mambo® roses peek from an orb of southern magnolia leaves whose brown undersides complement the tawny blooms. top: Gloriosa lilies stacked in a glowing dome above a sleek vase.Far left. Far left.
This page: A flat bowl makes a mini pond for floating duckweed (Lemna minor). Far right. below: A pattypan squash makes a handlike container for a still-green flower head of Sedum spectabile. edged by bay laurel leaves (Laurus nobilis) strung together. Far right. top: A dress sculpture made from raffia and money plant (Lunaria annua). 76 .
Pattyn has represented Belgium in international competitions. 2003.Geert Pattyn GEERT PATTYN IS MORE THAN A MAKER OF BEAUTIFUL BOUQUETS. elements in the overall design of the space rather than simply accessories to a room. His designs range from a bounteous bouquet of cosmos fresh from his garden to a wedding-dinner display to abstract sculptures of twigs and branches. HIS creations are integral.stichtingkunstboek.After studying horticulture and floristry. Inspired by working on his parents’ farm. www. Photographs by BartVan Leuven from Floral Interior Decoration (Stichting Kunstboek. frequently gives courses and demonstrations. 77 . he launched his own business on his family’s property in Geluwe. house and conservatory serve as a sort of floral-design laboratory. Pattyn knew from a young age that he would become a floral designer. and is a regular contributor to the Belgian floral design magazine Fleur Créatif. accompanied by a garden where Pattyn gathers materials. even if temporary.There is an elegant minimalism in much of his work.com). Twice awarded the coveted title of Champion Florist in Flanders. but the apparent simplicity is deceptive—there is ingenuity in weaving steel grass into globes for lights or using a pattypan squash as a vase.The renovated outbuildings that now form his studio. $73.
Many pieces are more like installation art or performance art for plants. flowers are not always the focus. Ost’s work is intended to provoke thought. fruit and seedpods. utilizing unexpected materials. 2004). unusual containers and even startling settings. and his works often look like a cross between a Baroque Flemish painting and Japanese ikebana. ephemeral and earthy. leaves. set a mood and spark emotion. sometimes not appearing at all amid bark.As much as a creation of art. Indeed. Ost has been at the top of his field since the 1980s. without mentioning Daniël Ost.And the pieces are often a celebration of senescence as much as burgeoning new growth. contemporary and Old World. challenging conventional views of floral design. moss. Ost’s work is a dynamic study in contrasts— bountiful and thrifty.Daniël Ost IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO TALK ABOUT FLORAL ART. PARTICULARLY IN BELGIUM. Though he creates arrangements from the sumptuous to the highly stylized. celebrating new growth and decline. 2000) and Invitations (Lannoo. Ost’s creations go far beyond home décor. Born in Sint-Niklaas.All parts and all stages of plant life are fair game. Ost’s work can also be seen in his other books Leafing Through Flowers (Callaway. seaweed. where he still lives and maintains a shop (a second shop is in Brussels). 2004). Photographs by Robert Dewild from Remaining Flowers (Lannoo. twigs. 78 . His very personal blending of Western floral traditions and Eastern sensibilities is unique.
Far left.Far left. 79 . top:Whirling dervishes of cycad cones (Encephalartos laurentianus) and Larix decidua stems. This page: Maidenhair fern and rubus with a millinery look echo the elegant vase pattern. below: Individual blooms of hydrangea perched on a spirograph pattern of Xerophyllum tenax above elderberries.
form and texture being bounced back and forth plays out at the Stott/ King residence. no-holds-barred” approach of a culinary couple and their inventive designer 80 .B Y TOVA H M A RT I N P H O T O G R A P H S B Y LY N N K A R L I N Left:Where colors are strong. Right:The same theory of blocks of color. shor t but sweet Summers in Maine are fleeting spectacles of color and spice—at least if you follow the “no-fear. garden designer Jacquelyn Nooney harnesses the power of monosweeps—like this sedum ‘Autumn Joy’. rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’ and boxwood combination at Stonewall Kitchen.
BOSTON PROPER MIGHT GIVE OUT BUTTONED-DOWN VIBES, BUT nearbyYork, in Maine, wants you to know that it is anything but conventional.The moment you nose north and glide over the Maine border, gardening goes distinctly unplugged. For Jonathan King, a longtime resident of Maine who knows the weather all too well, to garden or not was never negotiable. Playing in the soil was intrinsic to his psyche (“It’s one of the few things that keeps me completely focused”), even though the climate renders the growing season brief.Actually, the compressed time slot might be one reason why Jonathan, a psychology major, turned to jam making, a hobby he subsequently turned into the East Coast gourmet empire known as Stonewall Kitchen. Jon will tell you that the jam idea began because of his Yankee distaste for tossing anything that could possibly be squirreled away.At any rate, he devoted his postcollege days to working in greenhouses and moonlighting in restaurants. Similarly, his partner Jim Stott also had split affinities: He managed his own construction firm during daylight, then waited in a restaurant after dark. That’s where the two were when they began hauling their hand-labeled preserves from Jon and Jim’s extensive vegetable/herb garden in Hampton, New Hampshire, to a local farmer’s market.The rest is culinary history. Apparently, the two had a knack for making summer bloom eternal (if only for your taste buds), because their business mushroomed from the inception of the Stonewall Kitchen brand in 1991, eventually requiring bigger digs.The two now live close by their 55,000-square-foot corporate headquarters in York. Having always cultivated secondhand growing spaces, Jon longed to fashion a garden from scratch. So this time around they bought what was basically an oversize sandbox, 25 acres total. It was all potential with no prearranged footprints. That’s when Jacquelyn Nooney entered the picture. In the landscape biz since 1984 and with plenty of experience under her belt (she’s the principle of Jacquelyn Nooney Landscape, Inc.), she has dual strengths: strong structure and inventive/off-the-beaten-path plants, which includes a fabled sympathy for annuals. (Since customers are apt to jump immediately to images of wax begonias when they encounter that word, she uses the euphemism “seasonal plants.”) Between Jon’s tendency to be a stark raving collector (so far he has gone ape over 82
From top left clockwise: Everywhere the theme is contrast, like the lilysedum combo in the upper garden. In the pool area (next two pictures and lower left), pots limited to a trio of plants or a single specimen make a splash. Orange Lychnis chalcedonica, Salvia nemorosa and an ornamental grass keep the contrast high.
Basically. Each garden is intensive but serenely focused. but rather than a mixed container. Sure it’s jam-packed. salvias. playing brave colors against masses of textural grasses. to preserve the peace.jnlinc. 85 . the beds are edged neatly with Opposite:There was plenty of space on the greenhouse patio to stage a sizable focal point. Spaces are given roles. Farther afield is a restful shade garden and vegetable/herb garden. dahlias. the beds form a series of mirrored rectangular spaces cut by a strong central axis and an equally pronounced cross axis. “The growing window in Maine might not be wide. A yellow dahlia jutting from the bed behind shows how much tender plants like Maine summers.com and www.. textures are similarly meticulously staged. strong conifer with variegated ivy spilling down. Jacquelyn Nooney used a single. accented with containers billowing with grasses. For more information.The garden spaces lead one into the next. the theme of the space and Jon’s latest whim. there was ample opportunity for derring-do. playing brave colors against masses of textural grasses” granite cobblestones. Keeping within the Yankee vernacular. balance being everything. a gradual progression that changes mood and material. coleus or whatever is hot that year. Since the beds require thousands of “seasonal plants” every year.The majestic allée they create provides what Jacquelyn calls a “backbone of solid perennials. roses. depending on the light. rustic stone trough. Simple.daylilies.The beds along the pergola are prescribed to receive whatever Jon has fixated on that year. sedums. straight vistas direct your gaze. cacti. coleus. but the garden packs a succinct statement into a limited time frame. Meanwhile. with all components in concert. Further gardens have sprouted on the property. and a greenhouse was added to accommodate Jon’s proclivity for flowers despite winter.There are no jarring moments. these “wild-card” areas are skirted by a series of nepeta-hemmed architectural beds each featuring a single statuesque hornbeam. alliums and heirloom tomatoes: “We needed something to feed my fetishes”) and Jacquelyn’s design specifically created to welcome annual innovation. but the garden packs a succinct statement into a limited time frame. but it gels. see www. The growing window in Maine might not be wide.The result is haute horticultural coiffure. A sparkling.A long. creating sweeping gestures.” allowing her to give the more fluid beds a new “hairdo” every year.stonewallkitchen. Colors are carefully intermingled. Strong structure keeps everything in line. inviting pool is off to the side. the greenhouse doesn’t attempt to feed that staggering appetite—Jacquelyn grows the annuals herself off-site. The cultivated segment is 3 acres and expanding. provides shade from the seaside sun and frames the central focal point—a planted. shouldering wisteria. and the paths are pebbled (Jon and Jim requested that the tread be comfortable to walk barefoot). et al.com. leisurely pergola above the cross axis.
But ultimately. wooly and dynamic where guests will stop to admire and touch the plants. Giants like castor bean and further islands of flowers serve as a treasure hunt. strategic move.” says Jacquelyn—her final analysis. Initially. right) for the tables. needed to invest in a garden of such proportions. “We even made the number crunchers into believers. pulling you into SK’s shop and café. partaking of the garden becomes an experience just as enjoyable and uplifting as savoring the culinary wares. the mission being to “create something that’s wild.horticulture hq The raucous flower bed farther up the highway from the King/Stott home was a brilliant move on Stonewall Kitchen’s part. 86 . “The garden just rocks and rolls. papyrus waving above salvias. The garden defined the destination. zany.” Basically. you can’t resist the botanical bait. “Packing it in to engage the public” is Jacquelyn’s goal at the flagship store. ‘Bull’s Blood’ beet below brugmansia. the gardens became crucial to the ambiance and inextricably bound with the brand. she laid a simple structure with complicated components. as well as supply cut flowers (Cosmos sulphureus.” she says. She has two long strips to work with. What with the massive plants beside the road sign (“Nothing under 4 feet will do” is Jacquelyn Nooney’s decree). Jacquelyn’s signature style is to play the tension of tall and short plants off each other: lettuce and pansies below tulips. not everyone in the corporate campus agreed that Stonewall Kitchen Top left:When Jacquelyn turned her talents to the Stonewall Kitchen headquarters. A hardworking space. the gardens serve as a pleasant café-side setting. It was a smart. calendula and bachelor’s buttons.
Specimen boxwoods are often (Platanus x hispanica) are widely used in sheared into globes and other topiary France along drives and around patios. are available that would be ture plants that play Boston ivy and columquite suitable in your area. Numerous hybrids and cultivars the main branches pollarded—pruned back every winter to form short. For annual flower plantings. sometimes even arid and broiling hot. which the French call mimosa. rhododendron. would be columnar evergreens Provence. permanent arms that support the new foliage. Actually. geranium.sage advice H O RT Q & A W I T H J A C K R U T T L E A H O W. In pots and window boxes. For summer shade. with its Mediterranean climate and frequent watering restrictions. follow the French lead of the shorter columnar junipers. holds many good planting ideas A balanced yet inforfor coastal California armal design of boxwood. Italian on the wall near your doorway. And Provence. French gardeners have a bold way with color.Your mild climate is well-suited for this. plus a climbing rose trained to mark a property line or drive. but I think I know the style you are envisioning—casual but organized. recurring roles in the nar Italian cypress has Another French touch country gardens of a very French flair. seemingly carefree. Popular smaller trees are the olive with its silvery leaves and yellow-flowered Acacia dealbata. ENCINITAS.They practically invented the sort of gardening that emphasizes bold tropical foliage and flowers (think cannas and bananas) melded into annual beds. A garden in southern France almost always includes a shady paved spot for dining outdoors. yellow. such as with boxwood. eas such as yours. geraniums are still beloved. CA Q A French Dressing You see many garden styles around country homes in France. London plane trees dry alkaline soil. scopuloacross southern France and grows freely in rum ‘Gray Gleam’ or ‘Skyrocket’. with shapes. Buxus sempervirens is native Juniperus chinensis ‘Spartan’ and J. always interesting. Pure red. from classical to cottage and from modern abstract to naturalistic. For a similar look you could substitute one For taller hedges. France provides better planting models for most American gardens than England because the French climates are more like ours. orange and blue don’t scare them. lamb’s ears. many French homes both large and small. might seem cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) fits the bill cliché.A low hedge of planted as sentinels or in rows lavender along the drive or a walkway.TO G U I D E F O R G RO W I N G A N D O U T D O O R L I V I N G What plants can I use to create a Frenchstyle country garden? — CATHERINE TAKPER. along roadsides and among scrub oaks. Grape vines trained on an over- J E R RY PAV I A Imagination rules the world— N A P O L E O N B O N A PA RT E GARDEN DESIGN 89 . There are some signasedge. Summers in parts of France are often dry and warm. but they are endearing features around but will eventually grow to 60 feet tall.
sage advice Above: The shade of a grapevine creates a place to sit or dine. beans and peppers in summer. Opposite: Watering cans are hot collectibles. fava beans and artichokes in winter and spring. and salad crops nearly year round. tomatoes. a little kitchen patch out back is an authentic French touch. prune them hard annually so they never overwhelm the trellis and admit plenty of light in winter. head arbor are nice.They’re closer to 50 years old than 100. MI Watering cans that actually are more than 100 years old are very rare. ROT H . How can I tell if they are genuine antiques and also if they would be OK to use for gardening chores? — KYLIE ROVERTS. and a few (notably Haws of England. ANN ARBOR. Think about growing zucchini. A S U S A N A .They have an oval body and a long. whose products are available in the United States) are still made. narrow spout originating at the base of the can. make sure they also function. But galvanized-metal watering cans of a design that originated more than a century ago in Europe continued to be made in large numbers into the 1950s.Those “antique” galvanized cans made in Europe are what I mostly see for sale these days. It’s unlikely that you’d see one in a shop or a flea market—and certainly not more than one at a time. Q I’ve been tempted by antique watering cans I’ve seen in local shops and flea markets. and are priced from about $50 in flea markets to $100 and up in shops. Speaking of food.
(We tried a camellia but it didn’t do well. and should be able to deliver a gentle shower.uk) or a reproduction from India or Eastern Europe.Old watering cans for that kind of money certainly should be usable in the garden. would be magnificent. it should show no rust inside or cracks in the seams. Or get a brand-new one from Haws (www. SC Teddy Bear® magnolia. with minimal leaks. should fit tightly. Q I would like a flowering evergreen tree to make into a topiary at the approach to our front door.You could prune it into a cone about 10 feet tall A J E R RY PAV I A . with big glossy leaves.co.) — DIANE RICHZER. It needs to take full morning sun. useful life. Beyond holding water. not soldered in place.haws.The rose (where the water comes out) should still be removable. fuzzy brown undersides and large white flowers. Ask for a demonstration with water (or a no-questionsasked return policy) before you buy a high-priced can. MYRTLE BEACH. The handle and neck brace should be solid. Check one out before buying. A new can will soon develop the patina of age that you like and should have a long.
A ANDERA JONES . consider the climate on a roof. which is too dark for many plants. you’ll probably want to get professional help before getting started on a project like this. Never use regular garden soil for a roof garden. First. For something slightly smaller. It’s often quite windy in summer and very sunny and hot. You could prune it into an evergreen cone or pyramid about 6 feet tall that would cover itself in very small. the garden can be in shade all day. consider Osmanthus fragrans (sweet olive). you need to know a lot since a roof is a very different environment from a garden at ground level.sage advice and 6 feet across the base. In fact.This is a more compact cultivar of the southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora). But if nearby buildings are tall. Q What should I know before starting a roof garden? — RICH BROUSSART. evergreen foliage and Use a lightweight artiny flowers with a strong. NEW YORK. it’s much too heavy and doesn’t Below: Osmanthus frahold water well or ofgrans offers handsome fers poor drainage. sweet fragrance. NY Actually. which is more severe than on the ground. deliciously scented flowers in winter and spring. or quickly switch from deep shade to intense sun. And the plants can be easily shaped.
especially if you have limited gardening experience. which is why a drip system is crucial. Combine plants that need similar care. lowmaintenance annuals like geraniums and nemesia are good bets.They will probably require that your roof be examined and certified by an engineer or architect. ANDREA JONES . Plan on building some wooden or lattice screens on the windward side of your plants to keep them from developing a permanent lean. Once you get approval. heat and wind will compound the water requirement. containers and plants. Finally. By midsummer. who will stipulate required changes to the surface of the roof and the weight limits for your structures. I also recommend hiring a qualified garden designer who specializes in roof gardens. Also install automatic drip irrigation. especially for a southern or western exposure. Container plants need much more frequent watering than plants in the ground. you would need to hand-water at least once a day and in very hot weather. Above: For colorful rooftop planters. if not earlier.tificial soil often called a “soilless mix” in your containers. it is essential that you get approval from your landlord or building co-op board and the local planning commission. Lattice can also provide some shade.That schedule is nearly impossible to maintain every day all season. twice a day. Sun.
choiceVictorian bedding favorites and the odd rarity tucked in here and there for the oooh-factor. is a hot spot for foliage houseplants (top right) and impatiens (below right). neighbors Graeme Hardie and Silas Mountsier. Ray Somerset (right). while Hartlage picks out saturated oranges and reds that will pop in the evergreen Mountsier garden. so the weekend begins with a shopping trip to two local nurseries. cold Minnesota winters instilled in me a fascination for exotic far off places—P E T E R AGRE . Hartlage and Richard Hartlage at picks out coleus—some Atlock Farm. Boutique Finds: Second stop of the Left.A lime-green topiaries for pots (center dracaena for a dramatic right) and small plants of focal point. massing in borders (left).The big planting push happens over a long weekend in mid-May after danger of frost has passed.sage advice SPRING PLANTING Weekend Tropicals PLANTING SEASON HAS ARRIVED. Picking out impatiens. Coleus topiarthe old Victorian type for ies. THAT MEANS IT’S TIME TO UNLEASH the razzamatazz—all-singing. Team Hort: Hartlage (blue shirt) and Hardie (in hat) have worked together for over 10 years. Bulk Buys: The first stop. —J OA N N A F O RT N A M SHOPPING For this type of summer tropical display most plants are treated as disposable from year to year. clockwise: Choosing day is Atlock Farm. 94 M AY 2 0 0 6 The long. houseplants. NEW JERSEY. so they know just what they’re looking for. a trove Rogers. all-dancing borders stuffed with summer annuals and tender exotics that really sock it to you for a late-season finale. to supervise the launch of a summerlong horticultural extravaganza in both gardens. trays of colorful annuals. AND IN NUTLEY. Pastels are used more in Hardie’s garden (to match the house trim). in coleus at Atlock. Seattle-based landscape designer Richard Hartlage makes an annual pilgrimage to two clients in New Jersey. Graeme Hardie of special finds.The stage is set with plants recycled from the greenhouse. Morris County Farms in Denville.
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just out of storage in the cellar.Ti plants line a path. Specimens wait to leave the greenhouse. and the plants fill out in about three weeks. Effort Rewarded: Planting the borders with standard 24-packs of impatiens or coleus takes a day or two. temperance—C H R I S T I A N NEVELL BOVEE .sage advice From top left clockwise: Just out of storage. 98 M AY 2 0 0 6 The highest virtue found in the tropics is chastity. Granular Osmocote fertilizer is added to pots at planting. Hardie (top right). Sleeping Beauties: Tender plants that go dormant include brugmansias and cannas (top left). Hartlage watering containers. but the effort is rewarded by a summer of lowmaintenance color. At a Pinch: Hartlage recommends. when planting coleus. lower right) and cactus (left). lower left). including a prickly pachypodium (above. spaces out fluorescent Ti plants alongside a path. Below: Even the smallest cactus has its place. Many have a regular spot in the garden and are simply moved into place. Greenhouse Stars: Some hardto-find specimens spend winter in the greenhouse. Follow-Up: Hartlage follows the planting team with the watering wand (above. checking that pots and borders are saturated. that you pinch out the tips to encourage bushiness. Dig for Victory: The hard work lasts all weekend. these brugmansias and cannas soon spring to life. and all plants are fed biweekly with a 20-20-20 liquid fertilizer. RECYCLING AND PLANTING The chorus line of color and foliage includes some return appearances—from greenhouse specimens and dormant plants. Hartlage plants on 10-inch centers. and in the colder regions.
Below:A small Begonia paulensis. rapidly develops into a shrublike plant that suits the tropical theme of the garden. bought in the houseplant section. just like the tropical forest. feeds itself from its own waste—P A U L C A RV E L GARDEN DESIGN 99 . Politics.
Sources: Richard Hartlage. and these plants grow astonishingly fast. Hanging Around: More greenhouse specimens—staghorn ferns and spider plants—are co-opted into the summer display. Foliage Form: Taro. quickly transforming a suburban garden into a lush oasis. dracaena and bird’s nest fern. bold foliage and forms. bromeliads and agaves are drawn from different habitats. concentrate colorful annuals like impatiens in geometric blocks for a strong contrast with the fine-textured background. such as spider plant. below). 100 M AY 2 0 0 6 Destroying rainforest for economic gain is like burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal—E D W A R D J E R RY H A R P U R O. the occasional banana and caladiums—great foliage plants with strikingly large. hanging on walls and from corners (far right. 973-3664448. top and center). humid New Jersey summers suit tropicals down to the ground. but they have the right exotic look. Foliage Power: Borders cleared of tulip foliage in May and freshly planted with coleus look like this in September —still going strong after most summer perennials have faded (far right. FINISHED EFFECTS The long. elephant’s ears. as do many common houseplants. Spike It Up: Prickly or strapleaved plants are good focal points. Block Style: Rather than planting in a complicated cottage style. and shots of saturated color. Morris County Farms. 253-2840254. W I L S O N . New Zealand flax. architectural leaves—make a great contrast in an otherwise suburban garden. hot. 732-356-3373. Hartlage takes a three-pronged approach to achieve this:Tropical plants (of course).sage advice DESIGN TIPS Big impact is the raison d’etre of the tropical look. Atlock Farm.
Staghorn ferns (top) and spider plants (center) add finishing touches.Around the pond foliage contrasts abound—black colocasia. busy coleus and prickly pachypodium. I thought I would be Sheena of the Jungle as a little girl—P A M GRIER GARDEN DESIGN 101 . Coleus (right) lends junglelike rhythm and pattern.
was reclaimed from a wild corner of the garden in fall 2005.sage advice A N ATO M Y L E S S O N Path to Enlightenment PATHWAYS THAT TWIST AND TURN REPRESENT life’s journey.com.A circular labyrinth. with winding paths picked out in gravel and springy moss. The labyrinth/medicine wheel is laid out in sandstone reclaimed from the original garden. continuous change. suggests different directions in life. a still pool allows reflection. SPECIAL SPACE The atmosphere of the garden is reinforced by a subtle separation from the rest of the property. to create a comfortable walk. reflects the owner’s interest in different spiritual beliefs. a dry riverbed and several symbolic stones. SYMBOL IN STONE The standing stone is actually a piece of petrified wood.The firmly packed moss. including those of Native Americans. GROUND DETAILS Hand-selected glacial boulders provide informal steps to the top of the mound. Chosen for its shape and stature. call 248-7380500 or 888-738-0599 or see www. makes a beautifully molded floorscape. created by designer JeffreyWhite of Detroit-based AguaFina Gardens & Imports. It includes a meditation mound formed from an antique well capstone.The slope and a grouping of ‘Green Gem’ boxwoods offer solitude. combined with a Native American medicine wheel. sloping turn on the path to suggest the obstacles encountered in life. Flowing water represents ever-present. 102 M AY 2 0 0 6 Nature is a labyrinth in which the very haste you move with will make you lose your way—F R A N C I S BACON G E O R G E D Z A H R I S TO S ( 2 ) .000 square feet. it was placed at a tight. following a route designed to represent the complex twists and turns of life’s journey. This garden near Detroit. The sinuously curving paths were created largely on the ground. some using the traditional stake and string to create a perfect radius. roughly 4. laid on raised berms of soil.aguafina.—JF For further information on AguaFina Gardens & Imports. The space. Others needed an individual touch— “feeling by foot” as White says.The client walks in the gardens every day.
many times his work is commissioned to contrast with the landscape. “I’m often asked to move into concrete urban areas. S H I R L E Y WAT T S ( 2 ) FEW MATERIALS USED IN THE DESIGN OF GARdens offer the dichotomous appeal of bamboo. aVenice. while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind—B R U C E LEE L A U R A H U L L ( 1 ) . golden bamboo (Phyllostachys aurea) and giant Japanese timber bamboo (P.  A front gate made of black bamboo (Phyllostachys nigra) draws the line at entering a Venice property. California. handrails. aztectorum) buffets a Glassman fence to screen a midcentury modern home and landscape from a public walkway. shelters. bridges.net or call 310-305-1696. Stephen Glassman.Though his pieces often coincide with an Asian-themed garden. artist.” Glassman says.sage advice 1 2 LANDSCAPE SOLUTIONS Bamboo’s Yin and Yang 3  A Glassman-built span—dubbed The Yellow Bridge—provides L. fences. e-mail zolart@artnet.A. bambusoides)—to create steps. yet invites with its airy design. Geisha-girl delicate in form yet with a tensile strength greater than steel’s. rocker Perry Farrell with a direct path from his living room to a grove of black bamboo. oldhamii).  Live Mexican weeping bamboo (Otatea acuminata ssp.”—J A S O N U P R I G H T . “as a level of counterpoint or to dance with the flow of the design. giant timber bamboo (B. this ancient natural resource can punch up the Asian ambience in a landscape whether used as sculpture or in more utilitarian functions. 104 M AY 2 0 0 6 The stiffest tree is most easily cracked. sculptures and more for both private and public spaces. To contact artist Stephen Glassman. has been applying ancient construction techniques using various bamboo varieties—including beechey bamboo (Bambusa beecheyana).
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