Behind a green wall of Nellie R. Stevens holly and Little Gem magnolias, an Italian Renaissance style villa and garden exists on one acre. The owners wanted to build a "forever" home and garden for themselves, children, and grandchildren. The garden incorporates a series of outdoor rooms in the European manner. Rectangular lead planters with formally clipped boxwood frame the wide entry steps to the house. A terrace of four colors of sandstone forms a three-dimensional effect as an approach to a porch. The core feature of this Italian Renaissance style garden, an allée of standard Natchez crepe myrtle and a linear parterre of clipped boxwood with Italian terra-cotta olive jars lies along its main axis. On the west side of the house, one enters a series of three different outdoor rooms connected by open iron gates. The first is centered by an oval parterre and a wall of espaliered pears and magnolias trained into an arch. The second outdoor room is a terrace of French limestone and a rectangular mosaic pool. The third room is an allée of Savannah hollies leading to the garden house. The formal back garden is centered by an allée of crepe myrtle joining the veranda to the magnolia-lined room, filled by the celadon mosaic swimming pool and cherub fountain. Off the central axis to the west, one walks down three grass steps to a sunken garden with bay laurel trees. The east sunken garden mirrors the west in symmetry, but has a thick lawn of fescue grass. The back garden to the east of the pool is a sun-filled parterre of boxwood for summer vegetables, herbs, and flowers. A surrounding circle of ten-foot tall iron pillars hosts repeat blooming white Sombreuil roses trained into swags by chains connecting the pillars. An allée of East Palatka holly exists on the east side of the property with crushed stone walkway.
People associated with this property include: Richard Robertson (architect, 1995-2000); and Paul Fields, ASLA of Lambert Landscape Company (landscape architect, 2000-2007).
The folder contains a work sheet; site plan; copies of photographs; and plant list.
This garden was featured in the May/June 2009 issue of Southern Accents magazine, p.30-36