Back in June this year we featured our very exciting Connecticut Project on the blog in our Job of the Month post. For the month of December, we thought it would be nice to give you all an update on how this project is tracking along! To refresh your memory, we were asked by some past clients of ours (whose garden in Malvern East we had designed over ten years ago) to design the new garden for their property in Westport, Connecticut. This beautiful large property overlooks the Saugatuck River and the brief called for a design that was packed full of naturalistic perennial planting. We were on board immediately!
We’re happy to report that construction on this project has begun and is currently about 25% complete. There’s still a long way to go, but its been fantastic to see this job start to come together. At this stage, its looking likely that the perennials will start to go in around April, with Ian hoping to visit the site in May!
With the technology that is around these days, we have the ability to skype with the project manager, the clients and the architect, and to walk around the site with them through an ipad screen. We get to see what they are seeing in real time, so its just like we are on site with them! In working on this project, we have proven to ourselves that we really can design for anywhere in the world. We have found that designing for a project in a distant location and then overseeing its construction by remote control comes at the same cost and effort as taking on a job that is around the corner.
Above images have been sourced from google and are indicative only.
We are incredibly grateful to have this opportunity to play on the other side of the world, and hope that this is the first of many gardens we get to design in other countries. Its very exciting to have the chance to use perennials that either aren’t available in Australia, or that we don’t get to see reach their full potential in our environment. As we’ve written about before, the seasons in North America and Europe are much more distinct than here, which allows for plants to go through a more dramatic seasonal change. We can’t wait to see the perennials in this garden in full spectacular flower, followed by rusty Autumnal colour and finally in bare sculptural form iced with snow.
We will keep you updated on this project as it progresses! In the meantime, keep scrolling to see some recent construction images…..