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July/August 2009


2009 INNOVATION IN DESIGN AWARDS

Landscape Design
by Annette M. Rose-Shapiro

A LESSON IN THE GEOMETRY OF ORNAMENTATION, TWO HOMES UNITED BY A SINGLE BEACHFRONT RECREATION AREA AND A GARDEN TRIBUTE TO "THE RAVEN" DEMONSTRATE CONNECTICUT LANDSCAPERS' DIVERSE SKILLS

Landscape Design Category – Winner
ROB WILBER – Wilber & King, LLC

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Rob Wilber (click image for larger view)

Even a formal garden can be full of surprises. Landscaper Rob Wilber of Wilber & King created a geometry of ornamentation that the leads the eye through the vast property and to the Sound beyond. A pair of seven-foot planted urns greets visitors at the the driveway, which is lined with a serpentine boxwood hedge. The entry of an elliptical motor court marks the start of a series of button-topped boxwood hedges complemented by a pleached European linden hedge, which follows the line of the ellipse, and is interrupted only by the driveway entrance and front door.

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Rob Wilber (click image for larger view)

Continuing the geometric theme, there is an integration of vegetation and ornamentation in a pair of perfectly pruned pyramid-topped boxwood pillars, each balancing a 19th-century limestone sphere. The main terrace at the back of the house is a checkerboard design of limestone and lilac bluestone, with wrought-iron arbors romantically laced with clematis and mandavilla; a second checkerboard to the left of a gravel walk is composed of black river rock and lawn. Two boxwood parterre gardens—squares within squares with dwarf lilacs at the center—run alongside a half-round vanishing-edge pool, completing a theme of enchanting shapes that lead you to the Sound.


Landscape Design Category – Innovator
DICKSON & BURT DEMARCHE – LaurelRock Company

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Dickson & Burt Demarche (click image for larger view)

Uniting two adjacent homes with a single beachfront recreation area was the task given to Dickson and Burt DeMarche of The LaurelRock Company. First, steps were taken to make the two properties feel like one by redesigning the driveway and entrance of the main house. The guest home was screened from the road with a dense planting of pines, birches, evergreens and flowering shrubs. The two structures are linked by a common garden area, also home to a 6,000-square-foot tennis court. Existing trees were carefully designed into the plan, and flowers beds were planted with salt-tolerant species for a low-maintenance garden.


Landscape Design Category – Innovator
JANICE PARKER – Janice Parker Landscape Design

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Janice Parker (click image for larger view)

Landscaping with a literary theme set the tone for this large-scale project created by Janice Parker of Janice Parker Landscape Design. The homeowner, whose collection of original works by Edgar Allen Poe inspired raven cut-outs on gates custom-made for the property, wanted a simple landscape with architectural strength and year-round interest. A combination of native plantings, boxwood parterre gardens, Cedar Lake granite entry path and borders, and plenty of color from perennials and flowering trees provide the lush surroundings with a whimsical feel for this new beach house designed by Peter Cadoux.

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