Ground Breakers 7 Knockout Garden Trends for 2011

By Brenzel, Kathleen N. | Sunset, April 2011 | Go to article overview

Ground Breakers 7 Knockout Garden Trends for 2011


Brenzel, Kathleen N., Sunset


1 WINNER Sustainability

ECO CHIC

Sustainability is fun in this Santa Barbara backyard, which has a hot tub and rock-lined firepit tucked behind the grassy "meadow," but uses 95 percent locally sourced or salvaged materials. The judges' take: "It says, 'Grab the marshmallows and meet me at the campfire.'"

DESIGN Maggie Grace, Grace Design Associates, Santa Barbara (gracedesign associates.com or 805/&87-3569). Breeze-house by Blu Homes (bluhomes.com)

2 HONORABLE MENTION

Design details

LIGHTS AS ART

Anthony Exter placed these globe lights to suggest bubbles rising from the water--riffing off a comment overheard at a party here in his client's Pasadena garden: "There's enough bubbly here to fill a swimming pool."

DESIGN Anthony Exter Landscape

Design, Los Angeles (anthoneyexter.com or 323/665-9995)

3 HONORABLE MENTION

Design detail

WELL-DESIGNED FIREPITS

Rugged and natural-looking, this sunken firepit on Lake Washington is hard edged and geometric on the patio side but gently curving on the beach part, where natural granite boulders pack its sides. Feathery grasses blend with the shoreline habitat beyond. A boulder-seat is just right for extra guests.

DESIGN Randy Allworth, Allworth Design, Seattle (allworthdesign.com or 206/623-7336)

4 WINNER

Renovation

FIREPROOFED & LAWNLESS

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

Years after an Oakland firestorm ravaged their lot, the owners of this garden decided they wanted a yard to match their rebuilt modern home. So they opted for a patio of bluestone pavers, crushed rock, and low ground covers, edged with a sinuous concrete seat wall--and contained fire burns in a custom firepit of Cor-ten steel.

DESIGN Mathew Henning & Heather Anderson, Henning-Anderson, Oakland (henning-anderson.com or 510/531-3095)

5 WINNER

Outdoor entertaining

FRONT YARD LIVING

The judges were impressed that this family in Greenbrae, California, "created space where none existed before," turning a sloped front yard into a modern play den. Concrete planters are placed along the sidewalk, with a firepit and raised patio inside. Phormiums and a gate add screening, while not totally blocking out the street. …

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