Museum District GardenLandscape Architecture and Design
about the project
Museum District Garden
Both the classic architecture of this historic home and the owner’s interest in contemporary art inspired the development of this garden. When the adjacent lot became available and acquired in 2011, architect Sophia Malik of Local Design Office designed the new ancillary building and covered walk/grill terrace.
Tellepsen Landscaping Services developed the existing and new gardens into a series of outdoor garden rooms. The front entry garden was completely renovated providing a larger landing, entry walk and low walls creating flatter lawn pads that are more in keeping with the scale of the house. New terraces off the living room feature a koi fountain that anchors a clipped Mexican White Oak alleé which provides a wonderful setting for the garden’s recently installed and ever changing crystal sculpture. A sunken side garden for required water detention was planted with native type plants that attract butterfly and birds seasonally as well as providing a planted screen from the street.
The pool garden continue simple lines off the grilling terrace and maintains a large flowering border garden its entire length. The street planting behind the pool is a larger panel of Mexican Sycamore that are clipped each year to maintain a distinct, controlled boxing that will also allow for continued bright sunlight on both the pool & the flowering border bed for the life of the garden. The Mediterranean Medjool Date Palm anchors the other end of the pool garden, bringing down the scale of the house to help create a more intimate dining area. A small wall fountain helps diffuse the noise from the adjacent streets and animates the small garden off the kitchen when lit at night.
The sunny motor court is lined with various fruit trees and has a small vegetable/herb garden. Each garden room has the opportunity to feature and add sculptural pieces over the years to come.