United States of America, Florida, Volusia County, Ormond Beach
Sea Oats (Ormond Beach, Fla.)
Sea Oats materialized out of a large oceanfront lot with natural and undisturbed flora, though much of the beach had been excavated for purposes of building a large condominium, which never occurred. The current owners bought the property in the early 1990s. They restored the native coastal environment, while adding some amenities such as a pool and cabana. The buildings were built in the the dunescape with the natural protection of a dense cover of native foliage. A hidden drive of crushed oyster shells lined by saw palmetto, bay, and oak trees leads to the house. Winding trails with yucca, sea grapes, carissas and other plants surround the house. Water use is meant to be minimal and restricted to occasional hand watering in cases of extreme drought. The University of Florida in Gainesville recognized the property with an environmental award.
Persons and firms associated with the garden include: Resolution Trust Corp. (former owners, ? - 1994); Ron Urbaniak (landscape architect, 1997); and Ken McKee (architect, 1997).
The folder includes a work sheet and a site plan.
Garden has been featured in Southern Accents, March 2001