United States of America, Florida, Duval and St. Johns, Ponte Vedra
Ponte Vedra Dunes (Ponte Vedra, Florida)
When the current owners purchased this one-acre ocean front property in 1967 there was a 1950s beach style house that stretched horizontally from lot line to lot line, and very little sand dune between the property and the beach. After significant damage in the 1980s that house was torn down and replaced with a Spanish revival style house influenced by the early 20th century Florida architect Addison Mizner. Plantings were installed around a pool and pergola built in the 1990s but the owners wanted a more cohesive design for their property. They chose the meadow inspired, naturalized garden style of Wolfgang Oehme. An island bed between the street and house and encircled by the driveway was planted with swathes of agapanthus, canna, and anise and buckeye shrubs under Live oak trees. Another garden with perennials, shrubs and trees was installed between the driveway and the side of the property, with lawn surrounding the pool terrace and patio behind the house, up to the sea wall at the edge of the dunes which had increased over the years. However many of the first plantings proved to be unsuccessful due to poor drainage, soil conditions and a micro-climate that included harsh ocean-side winds. After further analysis of the soil and improved drainage for their location new plantings were required.
Tropical plants including sago and lady palms, shrimp plant, ginger, ferns, weeping yaupon hollies, and azaleas and camellias in shadier areas are thriving now. The native vegetation in the dune, sea oats and prostrate beach sunflowers, is spreading. Some of the cultivated garden has reverted to scrub. Five citrus trees were planted in full sun near the sea wall: two oranges, a grapefruit and two limes.
Persons associated with the garden include Mr. and Mrs. Bob Maytag (former owners); Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Hicks (former owners, - 1967); Stanley Gordon (architect, 1988); Gary R. Crumley (landscape architect, 1996); Oehme, van Sweden & Associates, Inc. (landscape architects, 1998-2003); Dr. Francis R. Gouin (environmental horticulturist, 2001); Kurt Blumel (plantsman, 2003); Earthscapes (landscapers, 2015).
The folder includes worksheets, landscaping plans and correspondence.