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David Shiigi, owner of Bromeliads Hawaii in Hilo, Hawaii, says the key to bromeliads' happiness is "less care but better care." In other words: Don't fuss, just know your plant. Well-regarded around the world for his hybrids, Shiigi first became familiar with bromeliads in 1975 when he was studying art at the University of Hawaii. One day, on a visit to a nursery on the Big Island, he spied an unfamiliar plant. "It had beautiful symmetry with amazing colors and patterns," he says. That night, Shiigi looked up the plant and discovered its relation to the pineapple. "At the time, because of pineapples, Hawaii was one big bromeliad nursery," says Shiigi. Although much of the growing has since shifted to regions with lower labor costs, such as Thailand and Brazil, the pineapple business was so crucial to Hawaii's economy then that bromeliad imports were restricted for fear of introducing pests. Limited access, of course, made Shiigi want them even more. He ordered seeds from Brazil and sought out Hawaiian bromeliad growers for seedling starts. A year later, he began hybridizing his own, focusing on vriesea and neoregelia with dramatically patterned leaves and eventually moving on to guzmania and dyckia too. He has developed some 500 striking crosses since, and more than 100 are now in the nursery trade. When he's not home tending to his plants, Shiigi travels to places like Australia and Japan talking them up to fellow obsessives. When he's home, he walks through his greenhouse at the end of each day and often serenades his many bromeliads with a Hawaiian slack-key guitar.
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Firstpage: Vriesea 'Princess Annique,' named for David Shiigi's granddaughter, is a violet-pink, striped hybrid that grows up to 24 inches tall. Vriesea like diffuse light, circulating air, and frequent mistings with purified water. (1) Neoregelia 'Painted Delight' is one of the easier foliage brorneliads and gets about a foot wide andjust as tall. Give it bright light, water only when it's dry, and if it's potted, rotate it regularly to maintain the splashy colors. (2) Vriesea 'Snows of Mauna Kea' is unusually white with green undertones. A collector's plant that has yet to go commercial, it's also impressively large, reaching 22 to 26 inches across and 28 inches high. Keep it, and all vriesea, out of full sun, and never let them sit in water. (3) Neoregelia 'Donna' adapts well to lower light indoors, unlike some neoregelia, and even to air conditioning. Outside, give it bright, filtered light. (4) Vriesea 'Hawaiian Rainbow' grows up to 3 feet tall. It's a new Shiigi hybrid that may be ordered from his nursery. [See Sourcebook, page 72.] Shiigi labored for years to develop the distinctive coloring and shiny, almost glowing foliage. (5) Vriesea 'Hawaiian Punch,' like all vriesea and neoregelia, can be attached with plastic-coated wire to trees or other supports and grown as air plants. (6) Dyckia 'Brittle Star' does well in full sun and, when potted, likes water at least twice a week if outside in summer heat (once a week ifin the ground) and once a week inside. It needs less care if planted in garden beds in areas with mild winters.

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Start with organic potting soil and add perlite for fast drainage. If you're growing bromeliads outside (which is possible year-round only in frost-free climates), plant them in free-draining, sandy soil or heavier soil amended with 2 inches of organic compost. Water when the pot feels light or when the soil feels dry 1inch down. Mist leaves with purified water every other day or so, especially in dry environments, and top up the cups of tank types frequentIywith water. Give indoor plants bright, filtered light and circulating air (from open windows or a fan). When outdoors, shelter them from full sun. You can move potted bromeliads outdoors for the summer, acclimating them for several weeks in shade before exposing them to brighter light. Go easy on the food, particularly with hot-hued neoregelia, which might fade from too much nitrogen. (A dose of balanced, allpurpose liquid with a 20-20-20 formula, diluted to halfstrength and either watered in or misted on leaves, four times annually is plenty.) Avoid copper-based insecticides (or any containing heavy metals) and petroleum-based oils. To control pests like mosquitoes, which can breed in bromeliad tanks, choose an organic alternative such as pyrethrum. Bromeliads are monocarpic, so you can sn ip the offsets growi ng near the base, dry them for a few hours, and repot to create a crowd.

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IS AN archetype ofagreenhouse, it is surely Joseph Paxton's masterwork. Built to house the 1851 Great Exhibition in London, the famous Crystal Palace covered 19acres of the city, making it the largest greenhouse ever built. Though the building was primarily an exhibit space, Paxton was a gardener before he was an architect and developed his technologies to keep exotic plants alive through British winters. His innovation of prefabricated wrought iron hung with plate glass (the Crystal Palace used 293,655 panes - one-third of the glass produced in England that year) dominated greenhouse design for a century. Today, architects, artists, and design firms have reimagined these indoors-in-theoutdoors spaces, creating innovative structures through a smart use of materials and a creative approach to available space. While wide-open yards with ample sunlight are ideal, they're not always part of a gardener's reality, so thoughtful engineering has brought modern structures to rooftops, rock faces, and urban environments. If you have just a few sun -drenched square IF THERE

feet - in a yard, on an exterior wall, or on a roof - you have space for your own botanical paradise. In Japan, ON Design Partners created a set of small stacked iron-and-glass cases in 2010 for an urban farm in central Tokyo'stightly packed Roppongi district. The food that grows inside makes its way to the restaurant next door. And whenAmaury Gallon of J ardins de Babylone teamed up with the Flower Council of Holland, he designed four pop-up gardens to be sprinkled throughout Paris. For the three-day installation, he created a series of translucent plastic domes that were easy to assemble and take down. The largest of the series was a 430-squarefoot enclosure in the Place Colette filled with orchids. He's since gotten requests for temporary bubble gardens in the United States and London. The versatility of plastic and its high strength-to-weight ratio make it a favorite of today's designers, and it's typically a better insulator than glass - even doublepaned, sheet glass has a tiny fraction of the insulating value of a material like polycarbonate. But for durability, longevity, and

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On the Genoa, Italy, waterfront, architect Renzo Piano constructed "Bolla" - officially the Genoa G8 Dome - a biosphere that seems tofloat in the harbor. Inside, red ibis graze among orchids, tropical greenery, andflowing streams.

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COM • Prefabricatedparts -a greenhouse technology that debuted with the Crystal Palace . though west and east can work with some clever engineering.make for stylish designs such as this rooftop model by BC Greenhouse Builders. Seating: If you have the room. as in this whimsical inversion by Phillippa Probert at the Royal Horticultural Society Tatton Park Flower Show. A landscape architect with a love for orchids and oranges will be an invaluable source of wisdom. at least one glass side points south. automatic. but there are basic guidelines for creating a successful greenhouse. GARDENDESIGN. Heating: In moderate to cold regions. But plastic is the better insulator. all year long. blurring lines between indoors and outdoors. Most plastics aren't.Clear Directions New materials and innovative designs mean just about anyone can have a room full of the tropics at their disposal. Materials: Glass is clear. or miraculous (as in heatsensitive materials that expand in heat to open panels). Ideally.diffused light worksjust fine for them. and plants don't need the view . Sunlight: Greenhouses need six to eight hours oflight per day. Obstacles: Remember that trees and buildings along the horizon cast deeper shadows in the winter when the sun is lower. factor in a place for yourself as well as your plants. January/February zol z 27 » . Control can be manual. putting a year-round garden in reach of anyone with a source of sunshine. Poor ventilation creates a host of expensive and plant-killing problems. Ventilation: Experts say 15 to 20 percent of exterior surface area should be vented. Greenhouses not only create growing spaces for gardens but for gardeners. you'll need at least a small electric heater. so consult an expert.

geometric structures of cedar.K. glass.-based manufacturer Hartley Botanic (hartley-botanic. ideal for urban dwellers with limited space. For those unsure of their carpentry skills.in both iconic Victorian and contemporary models.a glass building where citrus trees are brought to overwinter . com) offers DIY greenhouse kits available in both free-standing and home-attached form. to bring the overseas company's designs to the United States. 28· Januory/Februory Strlg GARDENDESIGN. including a line endorsed by the National Trust.COM Getting Green » .com) designs bespoke greenhouses. The finished products are made to withstand 30 pounds of snow per square foot and 80-mile-per-hour winds. Private Garden Greenhouse Systems (private-garden. U.at least through the next frigid winter .~worldM. Tanglewood Conservatories (tangle woodconservatories . look to the following companies.uk) sells a variety of structures in styles ranging from grand Victorian to the compact patio model.but if you'd like to know exactly what you're getting into before you start pouring concrete. the kits arrive with written instructions and a how-to DVD. and stone. BC Greenhouse Builders (bcgreen houses. Amdega (amdega . it has crafted old-world conservatories made to fit trees more than 20 feet tall as well as modern.gs Clearly. In addition to custom greenhouses.uk) builds greenhouses in the tradition of the classic orangery . a well-respected English greenhouse manufacturer.corn) partners with Alitex.co. Though installation is an option. a greenhouse would make your gardening life complete .co.

Inc. by the Crystal Palace . New lowemissivity glass. Sweden. They also allow an avid gardener to cultivate a personal paradise year-round. magnolias..com is ajreelance writer in San Francisco. protect sensitive plants. An energy brought modern STRUCTURES recovery ventilator pipes TO ROOFTOPS. rosemary in the edible garden into the living spaces. Laminated glass is the star of a greenhouse built in a windy and shaded space by the sea in Malmo. "They wanted to show off a little. Greenhouses can be more than a means to grow fresh produce.~WorldMags KENNETH CRAFTSMEN LYNCH OF PINE GA. tor with layering." In order to keep the space warm during the cooler months. they created a saw-toothed top to maximize solar gain. and get a head start on spring. "The windows on the side are like little gills.inspired. "Open them on a hot summer day and air will rush out." In environments where densely packed buildings have squeezed out backyards. In a weather. View our website for an overview of our products or call today for our full catalog. the sun-warmed air down and URBAN ENVIRONMENTS." to the two apartments below. 114 Willenbrock 203-264-2831 Road. rock faces. RACHEL SWABY . She does not yet own a greenhouse. tempered glass is hard to beat. courtyard in Sweden. Monika Gora of GoraArt & Landscape created an airy structure . she says.for residents of a retirement community. pulling fragrant air from.. In a narrow and dark courtyard. say. and the technology continues to advance. products are made in the United Choose elements lead All States to your specifications." says Gora. and lemon trees inside while also blocking the strong wind from the courtyard behind it. president of the firm. The result is a green and modern space for both plants and people. developed in the last decade. is better at trapping thermal energy while a strikingly modern still allowing enough light for plant growth. Kenneth Lynch & Sons. CT 06478 • Fax: 203-264-2833 Catalog Requests: info@klynchandsons. roofs have stepped up as a place for plants. Oxford. no matter what the local hardiness zone.com www.RDEN r & SONS ORNAMENT clarity. her glass-and-steel arch provides enough light for the palms. When Pittsburgh's Studio d'ARC architects were asked to replace a dilapidated 1970s greenhouse built atop a downtown Victorian. "They wanted to make something spectacular because there are a lot of people passing by. Studio d'ARCput glass where it would maximize sun and topped the room with super insulated "THOUGHTFUL engineering has zinc panels.klynchandsons.NV Your premier source for ornamental and cast stone statuary and fountains. traditional garden from our to accent your garden design.and sunlight-challenged FLORENTINEN C R AFT SM~ A KINNltH LVNCH " SONS COM'P ." says Gerard Damiani. greenhouse by Gora Even standard glass can be strengthened Art & Landscape with coatings and made into a better insulaoffers a tropical oasis.

India.owner ofclothing . just outside the city in the waterside suburb of Hellerup. and Bali" .gs -STYLE Seating Plan . A glcibal aesthetic brings a casual elegance to indoor-outdoor living BY KATIE MENDELSON PENMARK'S LARS WIBERG .~WorldM. He created a deep. boutique Pourquoi in Copenhagen and a wholesale apparel company. A peek into his home and garden. .a welledit. Yet. Wiberg specifically dedicated an area of his garden to the pleasure oflounging. The plants gracing the surface of his dining table give a nod to his effortless intermingling of indoor and outdoor style. in spite of the carefully cultivated. globally influenced style. and it's best not to take it too seriously.is no less stylish than any of his sartorial endeavors. and the space .d yet casual seating and dining area . made-for-stretching-out daybed from brick and plaster and covered it with layers of natural linens and pillows from the home line of the Danish company Day Birger et Mikkelsen. garden-chic vignette he created. this space seems to suggest. Nothing's static or permanent. The Little Showroom . demonstrates that his eye for design spills over into his domestic life.made a name for himself in the fashion world with his glamorous.an aesthetic clearly evinced in his choice of intricate pillows and textiles that add a splash of color and texture to the daybed. there's nothing overly calculated or buttoned-up about the place where Wiberg and his family relax and soak up the summer light. The ease and lightness with which Wiberg approaches outdoor decor is embodied in his habit of repainting the brick wall a different color every two years. Wiberg was heavily influenced by his love of travel and describes the style of his alfresco entertaining area as "Nordic with a twist of Morocco.

pottedstore. or pestemals. lavivahome. Copper Tray: Crafted by copper masters in Tashkent. this tray can be used as a centerpiece on the table or for a picnic on the couch. (benjamin moore. Uzbekistan. com) 6. Mexico. com) 3.comi 8. SunbrellaFloor Cushion: Lounging in the sun is most comfortable when done on a pile of cushy pillows.com) 4. Savannah Side Chair: Barlow Tyrie's weatherproof high-back chairs are stylish enough to grace any indoor dining table. Hammam Towel: Traditional Turkish towels. ($435. ($210. ($65. 1. double as sturdy and elegant tablecloths or slipcovers. Madison Planter: Tie together the garden and living space with plants in a frostproof container.com) . (From $42. arealinenshop. lavivahome. ($549. ($99. ($185. Linen Throw: Chilly nights spent outside call for a soft linen blanket from Area. teak.com) 5. com) 2. Cloud Nine Paint: A soft white hue with a hint of gray creates a neutral backdrop.comi 7. Chiapas Pillow: Add a spot of color with pillows made by women in the highland communities ofChiapas. lavivahome. restoration hardware.1 2 5 6 7 8 Get This Look Lars Wiberg created a chic and cozy vignette by selecting accessories and touches that suit his well-traveled aesthetic.

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crafted from a dense local limestone. he left interior limestone surfaces exposed. The couple gutted the interior. By day." Where possible. giving them the patina of age. They connected the outdoor kitchen to the rest of the house and installed several windows on the first floor. The property's four buildings clustered together at the top of a small hill and dated back to the 15th century. originally serving as a merchant's home. lavender.F YOU HAVE THE GOOD fortune to stumble upon an ancient island paradise . the spot offers sweeping views of the Adriatic Sea and mountainous coastline. serves to accentuate the house's ocean views and original limestone walls. we had lintels made to match the old. and the plumbing had been ripped out." Rees Roberts explains. a swath of sparkling lights from nearby islands and ships pierce the black sky. is surrounded by a similarly subduedpalette rosemary. bought this compound located on a small Croatian island about an hour's ferry ride from the port city of Dubrovnik. giving it a cavelike feel and obscuring the brilliant Mediterranean light.albeit a wildly overgrown. and functionally outdated paradise . Architecturally. Oh. by night. and santolina. They had walls almost 2 feet thick. Previous page: The outdoor dining area." Rees Roberts says. but in the main house there was only one door and one window on the ground floor. where the couple spends much of their time. Such was the case in 2004 when painter and interior designer Lucien Rees Roberts and his partner. like the Jorge chairs at right. clumsily renovated. and chapel. "It needed work. barn. made up of . leaving only beams and joists. the buildings were simple but solid. and for the roof. he chose Tuscan terra cotta tiles that had been sandblasted. "I copied the design from other buildings on the island that were close to the same period.often the challenge is how to address the property's shortfalls without obliterating its charms. In deference to the original materials (and in Modernfurniture Zalszupin in neutral colors. Changes made by the previous owner included wood paneling and concrete interior stairs. "Whenever we created a new opening. nunnery. architect Steven Harris.

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strong wind. rosemary fills the air with a rich herbal fragrance. Ceanothus arboreus (feltleaf ceanothus or tree lilac) is a shrub with wonderful blue blooms and dark green leaves. as Bees Roberts and Harris have. But if you choose to put down roots. the New York Times dubbed the coastline-rich country the "New Riviera. Many varieties of lavender add to the fragrance and lowgrowing mounded appeal of the garden. Clockwise from top left: Various species oflemon. and orange trees grow in the more protected areas of the property. The garden is also filled with aromatic mounds of Santolina chamaecyparissus. and salt spray. . mild temperatures.Growing Conditions THE PLANTS: Drought and wind tolerance were the guiding characteristics for selecting a plant palette in the Croatian garden of Steven Harris and Lucien Bees Roberts. you'll need to plan around the dry heat of coastal Croatia's hardiness zone 9 summers. literally. travel-wise publications suchasNational Geographic hailed it as the place to visit. Cistue xpurpureus (orchidrockrose) can handle sandy and rockysoils." With its glistening sunshine. the tough evergreen shrub. with its silvery-gray foliage and yellow button flowers.lime. and dramatic backdrops of intensely blue seas and steep mountains. THE CLIMATE: Proving you can't keep a good climate down. This means being water-wise with plant selections and employing patience: Gardens are typically slow to establish in Mediterranean climates. barely a decade after the war ended in Croatia (in 1995).

Rees Roberts kept the furnishings understated. what you read is the wall. "The idea was to minimize the modern elements. more formally laid out courtyard of eight orange trees with a reflecting pool at its center is the most self-referential outdoor space." First. from the Dorothy Thorpe 1970s-era Lucite candleholders to the elegant midcentury armchairs designed by Jorge Zalszupin (one of the founders of the L'Atelier design collective). "and those were the bones of the garden. . to accommodate wide doorsjirst animals now provide an expansive view. and gardens that allow for socializing. and santolina are hazy and dreamlike. quiet reading. He replaced the barn's wooden doors with sliding glass panels. But itwas overgrown. rosemary. and for that. Rees Roberts had to make sense of the slightly feral grounds that wove in and around the buildings. That connection from inside to out marks one of the property's greatest assets. "In summer. "so that even when you look at the fireplace. courtyards." They chose a plant palette of silvers and pale greens to balance the crisp and crystalline reflections off the limestone and the water. one of'sevthe garden. though. landscape architect David Kelly. and we had to do a lot of editing. both refinished with the unobtrusive approach employed in the main house. Kelly says.service to the new owners' desire for a retreat from their busy Manhattan-based lives). the undulating sweeps oflavender. the perfect spot for contemplation and Clockwise from top left: The stone kitchen counter had to be carriedfrom theferry by hand." he says. When the plants move in the gentle breeze and the sunshine. Dorothy Thorpe Lucite candleholdersfrom 1970s adorn the dining room table. which he leaves open most of the time so he can gaze across stepped terraces out to the sea. he enlisted the help of his business partner. "We began with spaces that already existed. A small. in the meant the eral terraces located throughout restored barn-cum-studio. We also wanted to defer to the view rather than compete with it." Kelly explains. but the nunnery was converted into a guesthouse and the barn into Rees Roberts' painting studio." Rees Roberts says. as it has not only views that link its inhabitants to the outside world but also a plentiful series of terraces. "the outside is really where one wants to spend time." The chapel remains a chapel. and outdoor dining.

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around the house. which David Kelly says lends afeeling offloating . so onefirst enters through the outdoor living spaces." (1) The house has nofront immediate door. Kelly was undaunted. All the workers Kelly had counted on were gone for the holiday. At one point. a nod to the surrounding groves of such trees farther down the hill. "We also planted it ourselves. "We cut them all and had the most beautiful flower arrangements. and Harris came back early the next spring." he says. The planting took place in October. But it was good to see them because it confirmed our instincts that strong colors would only compete with the views from the house." The biggest takeaway? "It's really rocky. for people to meet up before heading down to the sea for a swim. and they were unloaded on the dock and then hand-carried 156 steps up to the house. It seems the previous owner had a fondness for amaryllis. given its central location." he says. "And then all the bulbs were removed." Harris said. Kelly installed outdoor living and dining areas on top of a large cement terrace. it ran off and repurposed itself as the island mascot. Most of the materials came by the thrice-daily ferry from Dubrovnik. To enhance the relationship with the property's surroundings.also. "I thought this was supposed to be a silver garden. unspoiled locale had its share of un expected obstacles. There are no cars on the island that is home to only 140 people at the peak of the summer season. and when Rees Roberts. "which I don't typically do. perfectly dispersed throughout the grounds. and we really learned about the conditions. granting an sense of relaxation and enjoyment. so Kelly and Rees Roberts scrambled to find other helpers from the local village and ended up doing a lot of the schlepping themselves." Kelly says. but after hauling up one bag of cement. he brought a half-dozen pencil-thin cypresses into the landscape. they were surprised by a sea of red. The day the plants arrived turned out to be during Ramadan. The topography drops off quickly and steeply over the water. covering it with crushed local limestone. a donkey was commandeered to do some of the heavy lifting. they found that working in such a remote. Kelly. While Kelly and Rees Roberts often work with clients outside of the United States.

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St." Marden says. "We're not really social people." The bold move was "typical Helen" says her friend interior decorator Suzanne Shaker. "My concern was to save the place from developers. too much art world. THE FIRST TIME CAME IN THE MID-2000s WHEN MARDEN. really absorbing it. AND HER HUSBAND.COM • of the place. Gawking at a film set while walking near her Manhattan home. she struck upon the Ward garden. Its better-known sister island. instead of typical accents the contrast of burgundy Aechmea 'Marcelino' (donkey ears) is a classic Caribbean pastels. So was Marden's abilityto see the possibilities Opposite page. MINIMALIST PAINTER BruCE MARDEN were looking for a new spot in the sun. romantic. In her reading. GARDENDESIGN. She and a poet friend composed an e-mail to Jungles. lies two miles away. the dramatic kapok tree (Ceiba pentandra). Marden had never thought about how to plan a garden. clockwisefrom buttressofa andfurniture. Confined to her apartment." says Shaker. The small hotel consisted of a set of gray stone cottages stepping downhill from the old refinery tower and a main building housing a restaurant. a rough circle of beach and green forest that's only seven miles wide.» 45 Januory/February . What had been an overgrown patch of greenery leading from the parking area to the restaurant. Marden remembers the place as "ramshackle. She had already hired architect Edward Tuttle to expand the hotel's terrace and create a gazebo surrounded by rough -walled pools. Marden stumbled into a pothole and broke her foot." The idea that she would be running an establishment that welcomed the public didn't occur to Marden until she had already made the leap. "It was a little like falling in love with the wrong person. Florida. a subtropical fantasy in Coral Gables. top left: A long-established Epipremnum aureum covers a remnant staircase." she says. "Helen likes the wild look.200-foot-high volcano juts dramatically into the air. At this point. The client and designer were not an obvious match." And when it comes to aesthetics. she and Brice had bought the inn. tended by foraging goats. "She describes it as 'nature Strl S. had become "too crowded. "Her vision takes over. she lets the abundant rosemary and lavender have its way. whose own style embodies the bohemian-chic aura that attracted those crowds in the first place." she says. a 200-year-old former sugar plantation halfway up the southeastern slope of Mount Nevis. Marden makes such no distinctions. Friends suggested the relatively quiet Caribbean island of Nevis. AN ARTIST. her husband is the chief gardener at their place in the Hudson Valley. Kitts. The interest of the owners. "It was nothing rational or thought out. a dormant 3. The Mardens capped their first visit with a drink on the terrace of Golden Rock Inn. relatives of the partners who opened the place in the early '70s. "I didn't know anything. she holed up with gardening magazines and landscape design books. who called back within half an hour. she says "everything is everywhere. Jungles is known for planting specifically species native to the subtropical world. Helen Marden uses redfor architectural and Kalanchoe gastonis-bonnieri example of Raymond Jungles' landscape style." The second fall was quite literal. At Nevis' center. the couple's longtime haunt. At the couple's house in Greece." recalls Marden." says Jungles. St. hoping to find some ideas for the grounds in Nevis.~worldMaiis ELENMARDENFELLTWICEFORGOLDENROCKINN. was now an excavated construction site awaiting transformation. was clearly winding down. that is the work of landscape architect Raymond Jungles." Before Marden knew what she was really getting into. "Helen has a way of really looking at something. Barts.

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native to India. The garden at Golden Rock Inn is significant both for its innovative design and diverse. original choice of flora. Ceiba speciosa (silk floss tree) belongs to the same family as the baobab and kapok trees and has a bottie-shaped trunk studded with thick conical thorns that help store water during periods of drought.Plant Palette Clockwise from top left: Alcantarea vinicolor. Another. Cousin Itt-like trunk and black spikes. the red silk cotton tree with its deep crimson flowers. the powder puff tree. At last count. After purchasing Mardens commissioned surrounded Golden Rock Inn. Roystonea oleracea (Caribbean royal palm) plays host to a creeping philodendron. the architect Edward Tuttle to expand the terrace and create a dome by reflecting pools where guests can take in the garden while dining. Phase one of its creation included more than 150 different genera of plants. Neomarica caerulea 'Regina' (giant apostle's iris) is a tropical iris native to Brazil that flowers from February to August and gives off a delightfully fruity fragrance. and the aptly named sausage tree. there were some 20 species of palm. is one of the largest in the world. which is available only at certain nurseries for a hefty price. a bromeliad with spineless dark burgundy foliage. . shows up often in Jungles' gardens. including the rare old man palm (Coccothrinax crinita) with its hairy. the talipot palm. The garden's 35-plus types of trees include the baobab.

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" she nursery visits to Miami. meanwhile." looking flowers. guarded the walkway to the hotel. The red on doors. "I think you need ajarring note. From the menus to the says." says Jungles.~WorldMags A Masterpiece in the Making The initial phase. primarily Copernicia macroglossa (Cuban petticoat perhaps Marden's most painterly decision (and her most controverpalm) and Aiphanes aculeata (ruffle palm)." says Shaker." Ultimately their fabrics she uses in the restaurant. That second stage of the project. GARDENDESIGN. After all the plants wouldn't go for. even buy. covers two-and-a-half acres and is the almost winning. "There 'Orange Form' and Philodendron magnifica surround a water were enough egos out there. when Jungles argued for removing first thing guests see as they approach the inn from the parking lot. "Things that are simply pretty she Jungles too treated the site like a blank canvas. "I stayed up in the house for that." says Helen Marden. With this tree as the center point. furniture. the artist endlessly plotted and debated the placement of the rocks with Jungles and his Opposite page: A colorful explosion of Aechmea blanchetiana team." he says." She was delighted to discover the almost absurdly graphic plants called cycads and became an avid collector. but in three dimensions. and other woodwork was larger material. "Not everything needs to be symmetrical. Jungles' first task was to preserve an enormous weeping fig that Brice used their training as artists when it came to remaking the inn. Now a streampoursfrom a wall-top rill onto a sculpted boulder then cascades into a rocky grotto. Marden disagreed. excavation. "We sculpted the tree and created "We've just gotten to an age where we know what we like. "She has such an that reflects their disparate approaches: The garden beautifully understanding of light. Thefeature is made from a historic wall that once carried water to the original plantation house's cistern. "Helen totally changes the way collaboration resulted in a genuine friendship and a unified design you see color and how you use it. With characteristic precision. "I had to get the right weight color with the stone. ing a neighbor's collection of orchids and cycads for the next phase of the garden. "Helen likes things with spikes and unusualsays. which is currently Brice Marden became most involved when it came to arranging a number of enormous boulders that had been turned up by the underway. he staked the grounds with paint wands and flags. a view.COM • PAUL O'DONNELL'S most recent story for c s suien "The Outside Edge" (July/August 2011). He then filled in the rest sial: She says she has heard grumbling from Northerners who expect of the space with smaller plants Marden picked out on their three the Caribbean to come only in pastels). will add another acre of garden around the guest cottages." she says." G feature. "I tried a lot of colors. some Norfolk Island pine trees that he says lost their symmetry in Marden's eye for the unexpected announces itself in her decorastorms. DESIGN was January/February 2012· 51 ." For example." he says. he planted the Yet the look of Golden Rock certainly suggests a highly cultivated eye at work." she tion of the buildings at Golden Rock as well. sketched at top in a drawing by Jungles." Marden dismisses the notion that she and paces its changes in color and texture but retains a brave unruliness. "Basically drawing.arrived from Miami.

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COM • is anything but dull. Bulbous ponytail palms lead to a cycad section where golden football-size cones bulge from the centers of plants. While late spring is the most colorful time. we all saw the great opportunity.while the west is for the many dry land varieties . near the monastery's library. thorny branches. along the western wall enclosing the garden. Now visitors are only allowed in on guided tours. the garden's most visually striking feature.Agave and beaucarnea surround Twinfences the edge of organ of a bathing pool." (!) 2012 ·57 January/February . there are flowers year-round: the creamy blossoms offlor de mayo (Plumeria rubra). is a canopy of balsa and ceiba.000 varieties. De Avila came to Oaxaca as a child with his father in the late 1960s and has strong memories of the monastery. It's a landscape of unexpected shapes and colors. and other plants used to make soap. and paintings by El Greco.cacao. fat-leafed agaves. de Avila planted a fig tree . and velvety petals. agave. thefounding director of Jardin Etnobotdnico de Oaxaca. Right: pipe cactusframe deAvila. achiote . Bio-pirates have raided the garden. It may sound ordered and academic but a stroll through the garden GARDENDESIGN. is now shaded by soapberry. thick with palm-size white blossoms tinged with a purple core. native bell-flowered dahlia. This highly prized maroon dye was exported by the Spanish and used in Chinese silks. devoted to tropical forests of Oaxaca.the particular species was a source for the finest indigenous paper in pre-Columbian times. Persian carpets. Although extensive databases are kept on the collection. stealing rare cacti and cutting samples for cell tissue propagation. some started from seed. the tree that gives the state its name.human-size cacti. "It was the chance for proposing a dream. create a tight fence to protect specific opuntia prickly pear cactus. are kept locked in a greenhouse. and Rembrandt. van Gogh. there is no public master list of the more than 1. used in the production of cochineal. vanilla. There are also gracefulParkinsonia aculeata and huaje." he says. tiny vermilion wild hibiscus. The rarest plants. "When Francisco said that the soldiers would be leaving. The east half of the garden is for plants from the wet regions . Twin rows of columnar organ pipe cactus. Overhead in the northeast section of the garden.

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grajicasdeoaxaca.org. oranges.mx) The Mercado de Artesanias offers more traditional Oaxacan. near the 20 de Noviembre market.59 . TO STAY: It's easy to find hotels close to the city center of Oaxaca. TO SEE: Jardin Etnobotanico de Oaxaca (jardinoaxaca.mx). a great place to see works by some of Oaxaca's bestSpanish daily. loquat. visit Chocolate La Soledad (212 Mina). TO DO: (crafts market) is a short walk from the Jardin and is a good resource for handmade textiles. guava. with two-hour guided tours in English on Tuesdays. Also worth a visit: Textile Museum of Oaxaca (museotextildeoaxaca. but if gardens are high on your list. down the street.COM • January/February zoiz:. known artists.com) imalist courtyard.<~ WorldMaii~ Traveling to Oaxaca Oaxaca City.com). mexicoboutiquehotels. Hacienda Los Laureles (from $210 a night. La Olla (laolla. from the center of Oaxaca. Thursdays.com/loslaureles) is the place to stay. and pomegranate. or one of the many other cacao purveyors on Mina.org. and vegetarian fare. its garden supIt's located in San Felipe de Agua. mango. To sample local moles and chocolate. which is a 10-minute taxi ride serves boutique mezcals and nouvelle Oaxacan cuisine in a wonderfully minplies the kitchen with coffee.com.mx) is open year-round. TO EAT: Los Danzantes (losdanzantes. and ceramics. is a 45-minute plane ride southeast from Mexico City or six hours on a toll road by car. GARDENDESIGN.blogspot. continental. clothes. A boutique hotel on the grounds of a 19th-century hacienda. Mexico. and Saturdays and one-hour tours in Institute of Graphic Arts of Oaxaca (institutodeartes and Oaxaca Museum of Contemporary Art (museomaco.com).

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has an abundance of land but what seemed to of Carl Linnaeus. Different kinds get back to nature. which features walking paths and a more a piece of nature. British allotment gardens. Days are long. where one can sample a signature dish of raw and smoked reindeer with whitefish roe. As with winNowadays. This can be seen on a designers and winner of the Best in Show domestic level. and lettuce varieties are on their shopping lists. the likes of lamb tongue. and there are places like Rosendals Tradgard. People sign up on waiting lists for koloni and lavish love on them when they get them. and people's interest in At Restauranq Volt. minimalist space. drew heavily on If you've seen Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal. "People are using timber. buy plants." . One of his most iconic pieces is his Flora cabinet that's entirely covered with botanical prints. and all sorts of imaginary varieties. Mikael Blomkvist. an interior design store November.) Even though Stockholm has one of the highest rates of second-home ownership traditional potatoes. Frank. "page 72. His For someone whose career as a writer and editor involved a great influence on Swedish design and architecture is immeasurable. His. maybe with some has a last name that roughly translates as "flower twig." says Victoria Skoglund. the Swedish summer. plays chess with Death. full of references to the natural STE P HEN WH I T L 0 C K was once an associate editor at Garden world. (See "Customers are no longer satisfied with "Sourcebook. ferns. to just get bigger and bigger. and materials." explains Ulf Nordfjell. "Many artists.COM . "Demand for useful berHotel. You can't no matter the time of year . tomatoes.~worldMaiis Northern Star NE THING I'VE LEARNED after almost a decade in of Stockholm's hippest plant nursery. it's not posso many Swedish surnames. "It was started with a need to produce accommodations in Stockholm. their gardens to increasing use to grow nights are warm.that countries in Europe. Was it possible omy." take on the "new Nordic" cuisine. consider the wellof beautiful flowers in Swedish homes. the world. and deal of time spent in gardens in England and America." CD Before I moved here. hero of Stieg Larsson's The Girl With the Stallmiistareqarden isa 49-room inn datingfrom the1600s abutting theRoyalPark of Hag a (Hagbut it's a rather unique relationship Dragon Tattoo trilogy. it wasn't just even at Ikea you'll find all sorts of pieces inspired by Frank's work. its long winter slumber. Sweden. He lives in Stockholm and writesfor numerous magazines. For award at the 2009 Chelsea Flower Show. "Six months of snow. and creators use wood. that's how I feel as I walk around the house switching on lights at 3 o'clock on a November afternoon. who now experiment with plant varieties. an Austrian designer who moved to Stockholm. 64· January/February2012· GARDENDESIGN. locals don't need to leave to French delicacy potatoes. vegetables after World War II. they ask for the in the world.one-room wooden shacks with gardens around them. lotus flowers. located on a small island connected to the city center by a compare a Swedish garden with one in deeper cultural plain in the etymology of bridge. and granite. sea buckthorn. a public garden with a cafe and nursery on the island of Djurgarden while gardeners here have an eye on what's happening in the rest of that is packed whenever the sun shines.there's never a shortage and many of the restaurants shuttered). Zetas. "Attitudes have been changing over the last 20 years. but this dients." And full in the summer. aparken). plants." cut flowers. or eat lunch in one of the glass houses. rather like Nordfjell notes that there's also an increased interest in design among Swedish gardeners." Youcan see this at Svenskt Tenn." he says. says Nordfjell. means "hazel leaf. People picnic in the orchard. nothing prepares you for it. Suddenly. the pioneer of taxonme a shortage of gardens. for instance. At various spots around the city there are koloni of chilies. I did." large tropical greenhouse. Swedish landscapes remain unique. one visit between May and September (though be a way that rivals even the most gardenof Sweden's most prominent landscape forewarned: Many Swedes take a month-long vacation in July." she says. fled to Sweden in 1933 as the Nazis rose to power. unlike the British. leaving the citiesfeeling empty centric societies. are served in a cool." and the ern Art and the Swedish Museum of Architecture. in the town ofUppsala . To sample Sweden's strawberries and roses. naturalistic techniques and Scandinavian ingrethe ever-practical Swedes are putting ter. After ries like goji and buckthorn has never been greater. designing vivid patterns filled with tulips. the darkness that came as a shock. head to Mathias Dahlgren at the Grand time the shock is a nice one. Hasselblad. I left New York. Life went from Technicolor to black and white.is quite that the Swedes. We have country gardens where people spend time during their summer. "Nature is a great inspiration. life is lived outdoors. and ash overdrive. and ings and fabrics by Josef Frank. owner Design. simA Swedish Sojourn modest when compared to English or ply preferred their nature untamed? Italian specimens. gooseberries. plan to permeates this country's aesthetics in new field. "influences alot of what you can do in your garden. The city's parks are also shapes. Neighbors include the Museum of ModBritain or France or Italy. I thought of Swedish design as being all about white minimalism. one of the less-populated So while even one of the most famous gardens in the land . steel. ver quality you find nowhere else. a city that glitters year-round in downtown Stockholm best known for its collection offurnishand where there's almost always some green in Central Park. sible. nature goes into spruce.and on a designed newcomer Hotel Skeppsholmen. and the light has a silunusual foods. in fact. in which a man nature. the natural world "Gardening in Sweden is a rather To best e1!ioy Sweden's natural beauty. designers. as Skoglund points out. and Swedes want to be in the growing their own vegetables seems thick of it. which favors Ah.forcontact information. and water as the basis of their Sweden is this: Under no circumstances should you move here in creations.

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the idea is to strip down garden design to its basic elements. the material is divided into four sections in a manner that makes sense to the perusing eye. New York. and seating. 70· January/February 2012 . . hedges. Garden Source is appealingly catholic in its coverage. relying on some 800 color photos to depict a globe's worth of green space.due out in bleak February .COM . as opposed to traditional chapters. meadows and moss. taking the reader from the hills of Petropolis in Brazil to the shores of Long Island. leafing through the book .NOTEBOOK WorldMaii~ <~ frOnt WHILE Straight the Source ON assignment for the likes of House & Garden and National Geographic over the past 20 years. As Jones explains. It depicts paths and pergolas. amateur plots and professional showpieces.is nearly guaranteed to stimulate verdant daydreams of warmer days to come." she says. Especially as the winter days drag on. lighting and water features. She's collected the best of her finds in her latest book. from quirky playgrounds in Tokyo to topiary-filled estates in England. "We wanted the organization of the material to be as approachable as possible. Moreover. photographer Andrea Jones has been lucky enough to set foot in many of the world's finest gardens. As befits the creation of a photographer.Becca Bergman Bull Above: A London garden illustrates how a swirling design maximizes space and artfully divides areas for dining and relaxing. GARDENDESIGN. Thus "Space" explores different spatial formats like rooftops and courtyards while "Divide" deals with elements such as walls. the book is strikingly visual. $40). indeed. a sort of delicious consolation prize for the rest of us. The Garden Source: Inspirational Design Ideasfor Gardens and Landscapes (Rizzoli. An inspiring concept.

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