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Small Space, Big Party

Pretty much any outdoor space, regardless of size, can be transformed for entertaining. In 2011, GARDEN DESIGN re-designed the garden of the James Beard Foundation—a 45-by-22-foot backyard—and the result is perfect for hosting garden parties.

Though modest in size, we found space in the foundation's backyard for a full-size commercial refrigerator (hidden in a shed), as well as three smaller refrigerators, joined with a custom-steel counter in the middle of the garden. The latter provides easy access to wines and liquors for pre-dinner cocktails, as well as creating a counter space for hors d'oeuvres. 

Some of our other tricks: Overgrown dark corners were transformed with string lights, hanging planters helped disguise fencing, and begonias and oakleaf hydrangeas replaced sprawling overgrown ground covers. 

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Garden Design
July 2012