United States of America, Arizona, Maricopa County, Paradise Valley
Untitled Garden (Paradise Valley, Ariz.)
"Landscape architect Steve Martino is well-known in Arizona for his dramatic use of native plants and promotion of drought tolerant landscapes. On the national and international scene, Martino's hardscape in gardens, his use of colored plaster walls and runnel fountains, tile pools and sculptural effects have created much interest."
"The most dramatic touch was a yellow cement wall that runs in a gentle curve about 20 feet away from the house, defining the play area from the desert, but also reflecting the drama of the desert plants, mainly the color of the brittle bush bloom that fill the hillside. A wide gradual blue stairway leads up through an opening in the wall to the hillside, where a shady area welcomes the visitor. Below, the wall frames an outdoor fireplace and a large BBQ and outdoor table. A circular green tiled fountain is also located between the wall and the house."
"On the other side of the home, a patio area leads off the master bedroom. A pool of ankle depth abuts the patio and is shaded by a mature green palo verde, providing a pleasant spot for reading or for children to play."
"Old stone Chinese garden seats accent walkway and sides of door entrances."
Persons associated with the property include: John Douglas (architect); Steve Martino (landscape architect).
The folder includes plans, slide list, garden description and worksheet done by GCA researcher Nancy Swanson. The garden is noted for its dramatic use of native plants and promotion of drought tolerant plants.
Garden has been featured in House and Garden, September 1996
Garden has been featured in Dickey, Page. Breaking Ground: Portraits of Ten Garden Designers. New York: Artisan, 1997
Garden featured in Landscape Architecture, Steve Martino, Rockport Publishers 1997
Garden featured in Child Garden, Conran/Reed International 1998
Garden has been featured in The World of Landscape Architects, ARCO Editorial, Spain 1996