St. John's, NL
This contemporary space not only celebrates the garden, it is a retreat and relaxation space for its owners. The garden demonstrates beautifully the juxtaposition of clean lines and graceful curves. A grand entrance to the garden is created with a framed art space that has been planted with a specimen shrub chosen by the homeowner, an avid gardener, celebrating nature as art. The fence not only provides privacy but also creates a strong visual element in the space by jutting back and forth; weaving its way between the existing trees. This idea breaks from the traditional fence that would follow the property line, thus adding a dynamic energy to the garden. The graphic soldier course, installed at an angle to the fence, mimics the shadow of the fence, framing the gardens beds that wrap the perimeter of the space. As you meander through the garden you come upon a large stone seating area embraced by a semicircular water feature and small waterfall, bringing the calming element of water into the space as Victoria Lake is seen in the distance, creating a relaxing space to sit and enjoy the garden.