2021 John Staub Award

The new landscape design of the unique 2 1/2 acre site was conceived as a part of a larger transformation of the home inspired by the work of Sir Edwin Lutyens. We worked in collaboration with the architect and interior designer to create gardens integrally tied to the home's architecture. A strong axis was created through the site from the front pond to the series of 'outdoor' rooms extending into the native planting beyond.

The pool was repositioned back into the garden to allow for the creation of a new raised courtyard, expressive of the English Country Garden style. This elevated garden terraces down to the pool and out to the lawn beyond. Close to the house are a series of outdoor rooms connected by curvilinear reclaimed cobblestone pathways often flanked by clipped and loosely relaxed plantings. Specimen trees were planted to call attention to different sections of the garden.

The goal was for the home to appear as if it had always been there. To soften the rough limestone exterior and to knit the home into the landscape, climbing vines were added to soften the connection to the lush plant masses on the ground plane.

Rustic timber gates reinforce the countryside theme while flowering star jasmine vines encapsulate the fencing resulting in a natural clipped hedge aesthetic.

On the southern-most axis, a natural rain garden was developed amongst the soaring trees with peaceful destinations and country-like privacy within the bustling metropolis. A meandering dry creek bed was added to disguise the drainage system without interrupting the environment's natural appeal. Whimsical elements featured within the rain garden include some of the resident's cherished personal relics, combined with high tree canopies and a soft forest floor, they establish an outdoor respite for human and wildlife alike.

Project Team

Architecture: Virginia Kelsey

Interior Designer: Cathy Chapman, Chapman Design

Home Builder: Jake Housberg Homes

Pool Contractor: Water Line Designs

Landscape Lighting, Electrical and Irrigation: Stirling Electric & Irrigation

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