Your swing gently sways with the breeze as leaves rustle in the towering trees above. You step onto a carpet of soft moss, passing an enclosed garden of white flowers and following a winding walkway, where you breathe in the scent of beautiful blossoms. You admire the handsome boxwood hedges and patchwork of gorgeous ground cover, as you descend a staircase of grass into a fragrant herb garden. It sounds like a dream, but this garden is a reality. Nestled among the hills of Mountain Brook under a canopy of trees, this garden underwent a complex transformation to become the botanical work of art it is today.
“In the front yard, a confusing sequence of walls and overgrown plants often led visitors to the side door instead of the front door,” says John G. Wilson, founder of Golightly Landscape Architecture. “Our goal was to simplify the wall work and make a clear, direct path to the front door.” They redesigned the driveway to allow for more parking and created an obvious walkway of brick and stone leading to the front door. The homeowners wanted the backyard pool removed and John wanted to clear the layers of overgrowth from the sprawling, undeveloped backyard to create usable spaces.
“No matter how great the plan is on paper, a garden’s success is dependent on the craftsmanship and attention to detail of the contractors involved,” says John. “Robert Fry with Fry/Jones Construction assembled an incredible team to build this garden. Pratt Brown and his Landscape Installation Superintendent, Bruce Williams, of Pratt Brown’s Landscapes, provided gorgeous plant material and collaborated with me to make sure all the spaces flowed together. But the flower garden’s continued success is due to Pratt’s maintenance department that is always making seasonal adjustments to provide a never-ending supply of color throughout the year.”
Landscape Architect: John G. Wilson of Golightly Landscape Architecture
General Contractor: Robert Fry of Fry/Jones Construction
Mason: Carrigan Stone
Landscape Contractor: Pratt Brown’s Landscapes, Inc.
Exterior light fixtures: CopperMoon
Thank you to Eric & Jamie Photography for the stunning images of this glorious garden!
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