The James Beard Garden Makeover
Our slide show of the garden renovation at the James Beard Foundation.
For more about the James Beard Foundation's garden makeover, please read our article "Makeover: The James Beard Garden" and our series of online-only posts about the project at gardendesign.com/jamesbeardgarden.
The garden of the James Beard Foundation, on Manhattan's West 12th Street, is ready now to welcome guests in style. A new True outdoor refrigerator and prep area extends the foundation's storage and workspace.
A bust of James Beard gets a fitting spot, nestled in the garden and in full view from every angle.
A view looking back at the house shows the glass solarium, an earlier addition, which allows diners to view the garden year-round.
White variegated caladium is used to great effect in this semi-shaded garden; its heavily mottled foliage naturally illuminates dark corners of the garden.
A fountain topped with a statue of a pig, original to the garden, was never used, and the pool below it became a breeding ground for mosquitoes. To honor the past, the fountain was cleaned and raised to provide a sculptural focal point.
A “before” shot of the garden: Overgrown plants make the garden feel dark and crowded; cracked pavers and general wear and tear make it difficult to bring guests outside.
An attractive stainless-steel countertop was fashioned for a custom three-unit True Professional Series refrigerator and wine storage area.