Located in Belcaro, one of the City of Denver’s oldest and most beautiful neighborhood’s, this residential garden serves as a model for sustainable landscape architecture due to the restrained manner in which the design carefully responds to existing building and site architecture as well as existing vegetation.
The vision for this project was inspired by the high plains aesthetic which is characterized by subtle forms and colors and a planting palette of native grasses, perennials, and forbs with accents provided by a few well-placed evergreen and ornamental trees.
The design intent was to create a quiet oasis from the city while allowing a high plains garden to emerge over time. The design is characterized by the following program features:
- Elevated Formal Patio Space with Extensive Views over the High Plains Garden
- Fire Pit and Seating for Entertaining
- Woodland Garden with Flowering Groundcovers
- A Flexible Open Lawn Area for Informal Gathering and Activities
- Allee of Fruit Trees Terminates at a Working Vegetable Garden with Raised Vegetable Beds
The creation of a high plains garden in this context not only serves as a model for water conservation and sustainability but also communicates an aesthetic that references and values the native prairie landscape.