Bert's Garden AKA The Studio // Wakefield, RI
Bert is an English Springer Spaniel that watches over his kingdom and rules everyone’s heart.
The garden surrounds a 1920’s clapboard home. The overall design is based in a traditional layout with industrial elements. The clients are English and the idea of garden rooms appealed to them. The rooms include an entry court, terrace with fire feature, woodland garden, dining terrace, formal garden with lap pool and two facing pavilions, and a sweeping lawn. Richly planted architectural berms serve as focal points and create drama. Concrete and gabion walls terrace the land in striking ways, in an industrial approach. The arbor defines space and creates a room over the fire feature to reinforce intimacy; the pergola creates a strong view from the dining terrace and crosses the lap pool for verve and an unexpected approach to the linking of the two built forms.
Richly planted for enjoyment twelve months of the year, the planting design acknowledges Anita and Kevin’s roots with color and form. The garden provides a romantic overlay to the bold architecture.