Gardens

Beck House pool designed by Reed Hilderbrand

Five of the best residential swimming pools

I’m a sucker for a beautiful pool. Not because I love to swim per se. Rather, it is because I find water generally to be really therapeutic. Although I have never personally owned a pool, I have designed a few over the years. I subscribe to the belief that if a pool is designed and […] Read more…

Forest Walk Japanese garden by Marc Keane

Five of the best small residential gardens

Proving to be much easier said than done, it has taken me the best part of the day to select what I consider to be five of the best small residential gardens out there. There are just so many great gardens to choose from. In the end I went with ones that provide me with […] Read more…

Las Pozas, Xilitla surreal garden by Edward James

Las Pozas, Xilitla – the surreal garden of Edward James

Steps that end up going nowhere, infinite looping paths and massive concrete sculptures. All part of the surreal vision of paradise created by eccentric poet and artist, Sir Edward James.  In the middle of the lush Mexican jungle, the garden of Las Pozas covers some 80 acres located near the village of Xilitla, a seven-hour drive […] Read more…

Sanctuary garden designed by Norma de Langen for Ellerslie Flower Show 2003

Versatile Bamboo

I have long had a love affair with bamboo, especially the running black variety, Phyllostachys nigra. Bamboo is a very versatile plant and has many uses, screening being one that comes readily to mind. Unfortunately, it is very rarely used in gardens as it tends to get “bad press”. After all, who hasn’t seen it […] Read more…

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