Back Yard of Residence
Front Yard and Garden of Residence
North Santa Fe Residence
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Located on a small hill north of Santa
Fe, this residence overlooks the dry
piñon and juniper-covered foothills
characteristic of northern New Mexico
and the rich vegetation of the Tesuque
Creek drainage. The vision for the land-scape
included a series of outdoor
rooms that reflect the diversity of New
Mexico’s landscapes and meet the prac-tical
need for low maintenance and low
water use with small areas of lawn.
The design contrasts drought-tolerant,
colorful, natural-looking landscapes in
infrequently-used areas around the
house with a small green oasis at the
heart of the buildings. The oasis recalls
historic New Mexican enclosed gardens
filled with plants and atmosphere.
Steep grades and large fill slopes are
retained with native stones, and plants
placed among the stones create cascades
of color. This project was honored by
Sunset Magazine with an Award of
Excellence for Western Garden Design.
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