As I have written before, my job for a client is best described as a conceptual plan. A schematic plan. A few broad strokes, an idea. All of the details, which make a landscape project, are all about a relationship. The strength of a designer/client relationship makes all the difference in the world. My client was discerning, committed, articulate-a joy to work with. These rustic concrete planters with iron rings-she thought they were prefect for the front door.
She wrote me once that she dreamed regularly about what this garden would look like. That’s when I started sending her the landscape/garden installation news, regularly. She was decisive-but she was open to suggestions. She took a lot of time with me. I took an equal amount of time with her. All of the details of this project have everything to do with her taste.
She made me want to be the best I could possibly be. My landscape design practice has been graced with clients like this. She asked me to design this landscape as if it were mine. I had never been asked that before, but I did just that. But I have Harriet to thank for all of the details that emerged along the way. This is her house and garden-not mine.
stone planter box with espaliered katsuras. Frank Lloyd Wright reproduction stone urns.
Steel fence and tapered steel Hudson pot
steel fence with shelf
circular staircase from the first floor terrace to the second floor balcony
stone terrace in bluestone squares and dots set on the 45
Spa featuring blue grey glass tiles, and copper waterfall
deck/dock cantilevered over the water
The house is beautiful. The landscape-my best effort. I could not be more pleased about the relationship, the process, the finish. She influenced and brought to bear every personal detail. All my thanks, Harriet. I could not have begun to do this project without her. Our relationship is on a certain kind of common ground. That ground will be an organizing metaphor for the future of this landscape. I expect to hear about this landscape again from her-soon.