Great Gardens

Photo by: Jon Whittle

When Ella Fontanals-Cisneros asked Raymond Jungles to design a garden for her high-rise rooftop, the Miami-based landscape architect accepted the offer, even though he rarely takes on such projects. “Rooftops are a whole other animal and not for the faint of heart,” he says. “But I wanted to work with Ella again, because she is such a supporter of visual art and design. I was also excited about the challenges the project presented.”

Posted with permission from Wine News.

Show me your garden, and I will show you who you are. From the humblest window box to the finest parterre, each garden has its own distinct character — a verdant reflection of the person who created it.

Japanese Gardens for Today

March 01, 2013
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The other day I was told about a Japanese garden in the hills near my home and had the chance to visit it. It was magnificent, complete with swimming pool, raised beds for vegetables, a spa, and much more. But what was Japanese about it? It was serene and finely crafted. There were highlights, like plants and sculpture, that stopped you in your tracks and made you want to study them.

John G. Fairey’s eyes widen when he is asked to name a favorite plant, as if  he’s been asked to choose his favorite child. “Why, all of them,” he replies softly in a sandpapery Southern lilt. And given his surroundings—some 3,000 species of rare and endangered plants at Peckerwood, his 40-year-old, renowned private garden near the  Texas town of Hempstead—you’re rather inclined to believe him. 

This article was first published in Garden Design June 2012

Making Your Outdoor Living Space Comfortable

June 01, 2012
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Make your outdoor living space as comfortable as possible by adopting the following advice of Los Angeles garden designer Stefan Hammerschmidt. 


MAKE A PLAN: Remember you're out to create a cohesive look, like making house and garden join seamlessly with continuous concrete floors and separated only by glass doors.

Photo by: Jon Whittle

Far from the madding crowd of the third-largest city on the planet — São Paulo — is the seaside villa of the chic Brazilian designer Ana Maria Vieira Santos. Affording a bird’s-eye view of an azure Atlantic inlet, it is cloaked by the lush forest preserve of the Mata Atlântica.

Photo by: Melanie Acevedo

Nowadays, people call any flat spot with a bit of structure a garden room. But it takes a whole lot more than a sense of enclosure to bring a room to life — a sense of purpose is needed, too. Landscape designer Jon Carloftis explains, “We should put as much thought into outdoor spaces as we do into interior ones: An allée, for instance, can be a great entry hall; a hammock in a shady grove deliberately invites restful solitude. I designed this room for clients who like to party.”     

Photo by: Ted Catanzaro And Debbie Madhessian

Start out gardening in a wild place where no garden has ever been, and risk simply comes with the territory. Do too much, and the wildness vanishes, leaving a landscape that is overdressed and out of place. Do too little, and the effort looks timid, a meager patch lost in the vast beyond. How can you harmonize what you want to do at a single moment with what nature has been doing forever?     

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