This article originally appeared as "Breaking the Rules" in GARDEN DESIGN's April 2012 issue.
When Jordan Kaplan sat down for his first meeting with Grant Kirkpatrick and Damon Hein of the architecture and landscape design firm KAA Design, he gave them one mandate for the gardens he wanted to build around his new home in Los Angeles’ Pacific Palisades. “To give you an idea where my focus is,” he said, “I want the landscape to have as much importance and value as the house.”
Victorian artist Marianne North, one of the only women of her time to travel to places like the Seychelles Islands, Australia, and Chile, and who left behind a trail of impressive art and writing about her botanical discoveries, is not a household name. But that might just change with a new book and exhibit.