Here is our treatment for the project:
In Waterwise a la Francaise, Versailles’ classical parterres merge with 21st Century Moderne, demonstrating that sustainable, drought tolerant landscapes can be chic. Inspired by the work of Andre Le Notre, 17th Century landscape architect and principal gardener to King Louis XIV of France, Carson-Magness Landscapes transforms the French parterre to fit southern California’s hot, dry climate.
Vibrantly colored Mediterranean plants are woven together, with the intricacy of a Persian rug and the richness of a filigree jewelry box. Long lasting, drought tolerant succulents are planted in mass, making for an earth friendly alternative to water dependent annual color. A rose wall, branching out from graceful wrought iron arches creates an intimate setting, shielding visitors from the surrounding parking lot.
Stone paths of veined, rose colored marble echo Versailles’ Grand Trianon. Each cobble is hand laid with precision and craft, highlighting Carson-Magness’ motto of Art and Elegance in the Landscape. As does the old and the new merge in France, Barry Magness has designed a contemporary water sculpture exclusively for the 2010 Pasadena Showcase House that is featured in the center of the landscape.
Color, texture, scent and sound engage the senses, drawing you into this garden of French romance. Ooolala.
- Cindy Dole- http://cindydole.com/on-air/2010/4/12/morning-garden-drought-tolerant-for-small-places.html
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