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Thursday, 14 September 2017 13:09

Penelope Bianchi: Garden Template

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Concise architecture, verdant vining vertical lawn, primitive shutters, hi Victorian crenelated benches, potted plantings, no foundation plantings, gravel to the house, diminutive light above the door, the pair of poodles in welcome, no lions
here, rich restraint, you have me at first glance.
At a jobsite yesterday, this garden, below, in my head. A more formal vernacular French, yet it will be lapping gravel to the house, potted plants, benches against the home, and vine on the home.

Pic, above, here.
Client hired me in an emergency. Angst in her voice at the first phone call. She had purchased a new smokehouse made to historic templates, and it was arriving in 2 weeks. Where to place it? Going full French, by request, I knew exactly where to place it. Bless & grace in historic Garden Design 'rules'. Zero fear siting her new 'toy'. More, she wanted it sited at the edge of their new potager and orchard. Delightful, the more constraints a garden has, the easier to design.
Her husband is a garden zealot also, but the poor dear man travels like the wind across the globe for his career. He had to trust what we were doing with the smokehouse. Cannot imagine what that felt like for him. We knew to get the smokehouse right, it must also make him beyond happy when he returned.
Better than siting the smokehouse correctly, we got something larger. A garden will inform you when it's pleased. Their garden said something quite nice, a huge double check. Approaching their home, from the main approach to the front door, and from a slight angle, as above, it's a Money Shot.
Wildly excited at this discovery, I told the client right away. When she saw it, she called her husband right away. Once he got home, it was obvious to him too. Three garden nerds in a pod. High-fiving our Money Shot.
Meeting with the grading contractor at their site today. They've got grading, and oodles of other necessities ahead of photography. You can be sure, their before/after, will include this photo, above.
Why? Once you get the memo about Historic Garden Design Rules, you'll be using them too, they're for every site. Promise.
Garden & Be Well, XO T
I love Penelope Bianchi's garden. Heart-on-my-sleeve, LOVE. More pics of her garden here. Penelope Bianchi's website, here. Somehow, before internet, social media, love for Penelope Bianchi's garden arrived in a magazine article. Years pass, blogging etc arrives, and now I love Penelope too, the person, and her garden. Penelope's interior design and gardens must be imprinted onto your skillset templates. Consider this your best homework assignment ever.

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