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Our 2019 Gardens
People familiar with the work of Beth Chattow in the U.K. and Piet Oudolf (known for landscaping the High Line in New York City) will recognize their influence here. Specifically, the use of massed clusters of plants with related colors and textures ties different areas of the garden together thematically, while still allowing a broad diversity of specimens.
This professional landscape architect’s garden is always evolving, as she experiments with new plants and garden designs. It boasts a stunning range of plants reflecting the highly varied light conditions here: from dense shade in the front, to medium shade along the side, to full sunlight bathing the “little old lady” raised vegetable beds in the back.
It took a team to plan and execute this Japanese-American garden, striking a balance between the aesthetic sensibilities of Japanese gardens with the no-nonsense survivalism required in the Colorado foothills.
This garden’s owner remembers frolicking in her aunt’s fairy garden in California for hours on end, and is recreating that joy with sculptures and statuary, some made in the on-site pottery studio.
Layers of history are interwoven at this former church, while the garden contains more subtle hints of these origins.
Long-established elements of landscape architecture have relaxed into the ground over decades, a study in aging gracefully, while the garden reminds you of the delights of discovery, since nearly everywhere you look you can find something new cradled among the old.
Presented with a “blank slate” on the landscaping front, the owners implemented a somewhat formal, traditional front yard layout to reflect the home’s history, but behind the house they embraced a very modern garden plan with clean lines and clearly defined areas.
The maintenance philosophy at this garden values utility over propriety, fostering growth without unnecessary structure or boundaries.