Posts Tagged ‘Design process’

The posts this month on the Roundtable are an examination of potential. Our designers set their sights on one property and address the goals of the owner and the characteristics of the site. So join us now as we assess the garden, and consider the design possibilities.

Our “Client” is, Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo. Amy is an artist, designer and stylist who recently arrived in the rolling hills of

New England after living in New York City for most of her adult life. Amy writes a wonderfully creative and visually stunning digital sketch book on her website ABCDdesign.com. Here you’ll find

Our "Client" Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo

inspiration for celebrating a life well-lived. She shares recipes, interior design ideas and provides ideas for making your house a home. Amy has graciously offered her new home as subject for our design challenge. A few of us visited with Amy last fall, measured her property, took a few photos and talked with her about her goals for the property. This month’s posts discuss the possibilities, and consider solutions towards those goals.

Amy, who’s very cool initials are ABCD, and her husband, affectionately known as “The Mr.”, purchased their home away from the city last year, and are presently completing renovations. The home sits on a gravel road and is set among rolling hills and hardwood forests. Outcroppings of native stone decorate the property and provide an ancient sense of place. The home is relatively new, built only 6 years ago, and is modeled on the Laundry House in the Hancock Shaker village in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. There are four out buildings on the property enclosed by a split rail fence on three sides and a picket fence along the front, left natural to weather with the seasons. The buildings’ construction and placement belie their young age, and appear to have occupied this location since early in the last century. The backyard has a wonderful arrangement of a pergola and raised planting beds, an old chicken coop, and a rustic stone wall that runs the along the rear of the fenced area. Working farms and orchards nearby complete the beautiful and private feel of this classic New England homestead.

Please enjoy the following pictures of our subject house then join Amy and The Mr. as they venture out to see what our designers have in mind for their site.  You’ll find the links to their posts just below the slideshow.

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Carolyn Gail Choi : Sweet Home and Garden Chicago : Chicago, IL

Debbie Roberts : A Garden of Possibilities : Stamford, CT

Douglas Owens-Pike : Energyscapes : Minneapolis, MN

Ivette Soler, Los Angeles, CA

Jocelyn Chilvers : The Art Garden : Denver, CO

Lesley Hegarty & Robert Webber : Hegarty Webber Partnership : Bristol, UK

Susan Cohan : Miss Rumphius’ Rules : Chatham, NJ

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Today we focus on the challenges and opportunities of gardening in a small space.  Small space gardening has its limits, but it doesn’t have to be limiting.   Regardless of whether you are creating an intimate space within a larger garden or simply utilizing every available inch on your balcony, there is no reason your small space garden can’t be a well-designed masterpiece.

A small space garden lends itself to personal expression in a way a larger garden simply cannot. It’s easy to let your personality shine through in a small space garden.  But the limited space means you are going to have to make some tough choices, every plant or design feature will need to do double duty. Of course the principles of garden design still apply, you just might need to tweak them a bit to make them fit your space.

Below you will find links to the Roundtablers who are participating in this month’s topic.  Please feel free to join in with a comment here, on our Facebook Page, or on the individual blogs themselves.  Your thoughts and experiences are always encouraged and welcomed and really do help us broaden our knowledge of this not-so-small topic.

Carolyn Gail Choi : Sweet Home and Garden Chicago : Chicao IL

Jenny Petersen: J Petersen Garden Design : Austin TX

Laura Livengood Schaub : Interleafings : San Jose, CA

Lesley Hegarty & Robert Webber : Hegarty Webber Partnership : Bristol, UK

Pam Penick : Digging : Austin, TX

Shirley Bovshow : Eden Makers : Los Angeles, CA

Susan Morrison : Blue Planet Garden Blog : East Bay, CA

Susan Schlenger : Landscape Design Advice : Hampton, NJ

Tara Dillard : TaraDillard.com : Atlanta, GA

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Does your Garden Designer practice what he/she preaches? Find out what these Garden Designers had to say when baring their souls.

You can read each of their responses here:

Susan L. Morrison    Blue Planet Garden Blog

Susan Cohan     Miss Rumphius’ Rules

Rebecca Sweet     Gossip in the Garden

Scott Hokunson     Blue Heron Landscapes

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