A Tale of Two Gardens
All Austin-area gardens are not created equal, even if they’re
designed by the same landscape architects.
By Robin Fran Abrams, ASLA
Two gardens by Gardens, James David’s award-winning design/build
landscape architecture practice in Austin, Texas, illustrate why
landscape architects need to be included in architectural projects
from conception if those projects are to reach their full promise.
Both gardens are in Austin: one in the midst of an urban neighborhood,
the other in the suburbs west of the city where the Texas Hill Country
The entry forecourt
to the urban garden is framed by a mature live oak. The connection
to the rear garden and courtyard is through the large arch
to the right.
Photo by Robin Fran Abrams
The clients associated with the urban garden chose to build their
family’s dream house almost within sight of the capitol building
and the University of Texas tower. They managed to find a “tear
down” in a high-income historic neighborhood—a tight
space on a corner lot. The clients wanted a house strongly influenced
by the Italian Renaissance style. They employed a local architect,
Hobson Crow, who in another age might have come under the description
of “society architect”—an architect not intimidated
by clients with a large program and quite sophisticated taste. While
they might not be unusual in Los Angeles, Miami, or the New York
environs, or even Dallas or Houston, these are not the kinds of
clients who walk into the office every day in Austin. These clients
also knew they wanted a landscape architecture firm involved from
the start, and they wanted it to be Gardens.
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