We are always striving to marry architecture to site and developing a cohesive landscape design that looks like it belongs to the area. This concept has been coinedsite-specific design or regionalistic landscape design. The idea of a regionalistic landscape design has a greater audience in the idea of celebrating where one lives through the connection in the landscape.
We once had a woman from Minnesota email us with a set of photos. She had been inspired by one of our gardens and wanted to replicate it at her own home. She planted in pots a variety of mediterranean grasses and perennials. She had cleverly placed the pots on wheels and would bring them inside during winter months. Unfortunately, she missed the point of the design. What had made the garden so special was its connection to its site. It blended into the surrounding hills and estuary . The same plants used in Minnesota were a shocking contrast. It would have been better had she valued her native landscape as much as she valued the one she copied from the California coast.
It is easy to borrow the ideas of other architects and designers without appreciating the thought that went into understanding the context of a site. As Landscape Architects we are seeking to discover the genius loci, or rather, the spirit of the place. Instead of saying “I like this or I like that” take a look into your own site, the surrounding environment or the existing architecture, and figure out what makes your site special and how to draw inspiration from what you see and what you have.
We would love to help in creating that truly unique and special landscape; one that is specific to your site, celebrates your surroundings, and gives a sense of belonging.
Make sure to read the stories behind each landscape to understand the thought that went behind the design. Below is just a sampling: