A large one-acre lot within Guilford, and overlooking Sunken Park. Beechbrook transformed this property of open lawns and landscaped borders into a series of gardens sculpted into the topography, in conjunction with renovations to the house. The driveway was redesigned to create an attractive parking court, transforming what was a massive amount of paving into an enclosed garden space, screened from Whitfield Road. A new pool garden sits on one end of the property, with additional garden spaces terraced down the hillside on axis with the pool garden and in relation to different architectural spaces of the house. The Ellipse Garden terminates the formal series of gardens in the rear, and was created to serve as an overlook towards Sunken Park and the rest of the gardens to the east.
Existing plantings dotted around the property were transplanted, under the direction of Beechbrook, to thicken up, along with new plantings, the property’s borders. The redesigned borders are intentionally modeled after Olmsted design principles (varying widths, sinuous sweeping curves, large drifts of shrubs and groundcovers accented with specimen evergreen and deciduous trees) given his influence on the development of Guilford, and provide privacy from the surrounding roads and park.
Beechbrook was involved in all custom design and detailing for the site features, including the pergola, pool, fencing, and gates.
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