Landscape Innovator Winners
Our IDA winners have been announced! Discover who our judges picked for best in Landscape!
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Green-on-Green Contrasting textures create long-term interest. (this page) A giant weeping beech, original to the property, towers in the background. photograph by john hall
clockwise from left: Green-on-Green Boston Ivy, wisteria and deep purple clematis varieties, including Clematis “Jackmanii” shroud the stone wall. Decorative gates keep the pool to code. Across the grassy path, trees are underplanted with Liriope spicata. photographs by john hall
Lush Landscape (clockwise across spread from top left) Betula jacquemontii, or Himalayan birch, was selected for its very white bark. The Campania (reproduction) pot in the box parterre contains a Meyer Lemon plant. Custom iron fencing and focal points mark entry points and tie the landscape and pool area back to the house. The shape of the pool was unchanged, but working with Andre Tchelistcheff Architects, a stair, new coping and lighting were added. A white Kousa dogwood blooms near the birch garden. Long beds of herbs, grasses and perennials form subtle, near-monochromatic sweeps enlivened in early spring by clumps of white allium, then lavender and pink Japanese anemone.
Gardenesque style successfully connects pool, pool house and pergola to established terraces and porches
The look is timeless, yet these quiet, meditative walkways and garden rooms are the recent handiwork of Alice Cooke Design Associates, LLC. For Alice Cooke, private gardens are a living, abundant expression of their owners’ personal style—both a refuge and a sanctuary. Here, the homeowner was from California and wanted something herbal-based. “‘The client only wanted a couple of colors: pale pink, blue and white. And said: Please, no roses anywhere,’” notes Cooke.
The mission was to redesign and connect a pool, new pool house and pergola to an existing 19th-century, English Country-style Greenwich home. Strong lines and sweeps of perennials suggest that there is a desire here for ease, understatement, unity and sustainability. “I love having bold lines in the garden,” says Cooke. “This landscape is not about high maintenance and the business of flower gardens, but good bones and loose drifts of perennials.” It’s a style called gardenesque, in the manner of the High Line—that is, garden design looking out to the bigger, wild and natural landscape.
An impressive stone wall and a number of mature trees were already in place when Alice Cooke began. She sharpened the focus and kept the pool secure by adding gates, custom iron fencing and focal points to mark entries and to tie the landscape and pool area back to the house. “I never did drawings,” says Cooke. “It was great to have the work be a direct conversation between the client’s dream and the designer’s aesthetic.”
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