Plenty of Italian pavers, Terra Cotta and lush vegetation bring this once fire-ridden garden back to life as the new owner affectionately shares her 'Garden of Villa Giuseppe' in the hills of Oakland, California.
Eric Sternfels calls garden making "an interesting, quiet labor," which has resulted in a landscape filled with usable small garden ideas. With a background in architecture, he designed a garden in a long narrow space behind his vintage 1840s home in Philadelphia. His passion for the art of plant placement is manifested in such simple, yet elegant solutions for an overly shaded, narrow yard just 18 feet wide by 150 feet long.
Gardens are a thoughtful process. Incorporating privacy, style, and function were the thoughts Garden Design reader Christina Salwitz kept in mind while transforming her yard into a private courtyard she could call her own. Brimming with color, Christina shares her personality through her garden.
After years of photographing beautiful landscapes, professional photographer Dona Kopol Bonick decided to put her camera down and create her own frame-worthy garden with her husband at their Napa, Calif. home. She shares with us the transformation from a horse pasture to now a blooming garden ready to have a Pinot Noir vineyard planted.
Wanting to create a garden with native plants to support and invite wildlife, Michael Farndale of Bothell, Wash. transforms his “old school” grassy front yard into a thriving Zen-like retreat which requires minimum work, all while offering an array of plants, meditation space, and a sculptural fountain to be enjoyed virtually year round.
Many gardeners dream of taking their passion and turning it into a business, and over the years that is exactly what Lorraine and RJ Roberts of Caledon, Ontario did. When they purchased their 24-acre property in 1999, there were no gardens at all – just trees, grass, and a house. Season by season, they grew thousands of perennials and established new beds until Plant Paradise Country Gardens, an organic botanical garden and perennial nursery, was born.
Healing can be a delicate endeavor, finding a space to be able to reflect and recover was what landscape designer Claire Jones was tasked with when creating a garden labyrinth that would provide a private area for meditation and personal transformation. Adding together natural elements of bluestone, a calming water feature, and a perching boulder is what would lead one Maryland couple down the path to healing.
In 2001, Sue Ingram’s world was rocked. Her husband was admitted to the hospital in a near coma from diabetes, an event which was to have lifelong implications for his health. To find peace through her pain, and to create a place of rest and revival to help him heal, she turned to gardening on her Kennewick, Washington property.