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Architect:
Hasseln, Lee von  Search this
Sculptor:
Blackstone, Amy  Search this
Wood, Jim  Search this
Builder:
Trainor, Bernard  Search this
Garden designer:
Brooks, John  Search this
Provenance:
Carmel-by-the-Sea Garden Club  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
von Hasseln Garden (Pebble Beach, California)
United States of America -- California -- Monterey County -- Pebble Beach
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes worksheets, site plans, photocopies of articles about the project, and other information.
General:
Located on two acres in Pebble Beach, California the von Hasseln Garden is dedicated to ecological principles in electricity, water and heating and the use of sustainable materials. The absence of a lawn and the black bamboo and tree plantings (which do not require watering after the first year of planting) all contribute to the conservation of water on the property.
Upon entering the cloistered courtyard of this home and garden, there is a harmony enhanced by the warm sunny toned garden walls and broad patio with the house and garden flowing together in a perfect meld to create an effect of spacious, elegant simplicity. The entry garden tastefully combines sculpture, raised beds for rhizomes and vegetables, a greenhouse room, and a quiet pool enclosed by the high wall on three sides. There is a serene sense of oneness seen through the walls of glass to the vast back garden.
In the gardens surrounding the home a visual flow extends through ¾" thick Ultraviolet filtered glass to rear and side gardens with small ponds and rills. Beyond the side ponds lay artfully planted beds of black bamboo. Water conservation is present in over three hundred trees such as centuries old Coastal Oaks, redwoods, sycamores and cypress, which depend on rainfall to flourish. These surround the exuberant bed of thousands of S. Africa natives (geophytes that store water) iris and azaleas. For months in the spring it is a moving cloud of soft white blossoms accented by blue Dutch iris and yellow tulips.
Behind all this beauty, the main surprise is to learn of the owner/designer's passion for conservation. The integration of house and garden is a masterful marriage of state of the art conservation features with a keen awareness of classic proportions for beauty and love of horticulture.
Persons associated with the garden include: Lee von Hasseln (architect, 2001); John Brooks (garden designer, 2001); Jim Wood (sculptor, 2002); Amy Blackstone (sculptor, 2007); Walter Guthrie (builder, 2004); and Bernard Trainor (builder, 2006).
Related Materials:
von Hasseln Garden related holdings consist of 1 folder (20 digital images)
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens.
Topic:
Walled gardens  Search this
Gardens -- California -- Pebble Beach  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, File CA467
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / California
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
EDAN-URL:
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