Most suburban gardens are characterized by plants pinned against the house and the edge of the property in the middle of which is the requisite lawn and tree. It is a somewhat perverse interpretation of Jefferson’s garden at Monticello.
Periphery Garden subverts this tradition by doing exactly the same—employing centrifugal force, but with layers at the edge that suggest unexplored opportunities in the typical garden. The periphery is stacked with hedges alternating among a colonnade of birch trees and an aluminum trellis, from which hang seasonal potted flowers. Deepening the layers are two 8 ft. high stainless steel mirrors at the corner of the garden. Reflected in the mirrors is also the sliding glass gate to the vegetable and rose garden. A lawn blue festuca clumps begs the visitor to mind the novel texture at his feet. In Periphery Garden almost every characteristic of a boring suburban garden is evident, although with re-assigned materials and new possibilities.
Location: Modesto, CA, US
My Role: Principal Designer, Project Manager