ART & DESIGN: A Living Gallery

Landscape Design is part of the fabric of Evantine’s rich history and, at times, we  incorporate landscaping into our design to complete the overall environment we are creating for a celebration. We certainly follow trade publications to keep us up-to-date.  The May 2009 issue of Garden Design caught serious attention, to say the least.  If you haven’t picked up the mag before, you should.  It showcases exceptional, sophisticated landscape design from all over the country.

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The “Green Gallery” feature on pages 64-70 is a must-see, for the fascinating story about a local private residence in Villanova, and also for the fabulous photos by Rob Cardillo. The article is about an 1880’s grand, formal estate home with equally grand, formal gardens that have been thoughtfully and deliberately redesigned to showcase modern, contemporary sculptures. The renowned landscape designers, Charlie and Chuck Gale of Gale Nurseries, were hired to redesign the traditional gardens into what they coined as outdoor “rooms” or “galleries” holding works designed by Richard Long, Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa, Richard Serra, and Ellsworth Kelly.

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We’ve had the privilege many times of working at homes that the Gales have landscaped; each more beautiful and personal than the last.  (The Gales are true kindreds in their design approach).  But this project was clearly a labor of love by all involved.  The homeowners even made sure to highlight the living sculptures that already existed on the grounds, such as leaning fruit trees, reflecting pools and symmetrical boxwood hedges.

The design appears to be a true extension of their heart and home.  (Now wouldn’t a party be just PERFECT on the lower lawn? jk)  See below for more of the article and additional photos of the exceptional art.

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