The 2015 International Garden Festival opens

SE MOUILLER (la belle échappée) | Image Credit: Photo credit: Groupe A / Annexe U

SE MOUILLER (la belle échappée) | Image Credit: Photo credit: Groupe A / Annexe U

The International Garden Festival opens its 16th edition in the company of more than 50 landscape architects, architects and designers from Canada, the United States, France and Israel. The 2015 Festival is opening 6 new gardens chosen from among the 309 proposals submitted from designers around the world. Visitors are invited to move, touch and smell the gardens and even get their feet wet.

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Private Garden in Ortonovo, Italy by Giuseppe Lunardini

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When an entrepreneur who works in the marble business gave me the chance to design the garden for his brand new house up on the hills of Ortonovo, close to the Mediterranean coast, I suddenly knew I would reflect his personality in a carved landscape.

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I applied all the design principles I have learned from Porcinai’s School of Florence and did my best to design a garden in perfect harmony with this territory, as if it was the missing piece of a bigger puzzle.

The whole property is 6.200 square metres, including an olive grove. I created a series of green rooms such as the swimming pool area, the outdoor kitchen, the entrance garden and the parking area which are designed and planned close to the building but get more natural and more nuanced as you move away from the house.

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World War I Memorial Design Competition

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World War I Centennial Commission is currently holding a design competition for the World War I Memorial to be located at Pershing Park on Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington D.C.   Congress has authorized the World War I Centennial Commission to enhance the existing Pershing memorial by constructing on Pershing Park “appropriate sculptural and other commemorative elements, including landscaping.” The objective of this design competition is to transform Pershing Park from a park that happens to contain a memorial to a site that is primarily a national World War I memorial, within a revitalized urban park setting with a distinct sense of place that complements the memorial purpose while attracting visitors, workers, and residents of the District of Columbia.

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Chic Garden | IJLA

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IJLA were engaged in 2010 to initiate the transformation of the external environment for this country house. The house had recently undergone a complete transformation giving it a contemporary look.

The landscape masterplan was created, allowing the client to then decide on a phasing strategy. Initially the immediate arrival space was created using large blockwork and rendered planters through which generous steps were created. The choice of materials reflected the building materials and corresponding tones. Render was used for the planters with copings and steps in slate. Lighting was recessed into the planter walls throwing light across the step riser, along with up-lights to the topiary. Planting for the arrival space was designed to be contemporary and also seasonal whilst retaining structure and form.

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Image Credit | James McDonald Photography/Graphene Architects,

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VIDEO | See the South Padre Island Nature and Birding Center from an inhabitants perspective

Aerial South Padre Island Nature and Birding Center from Baha Media on Vimeo.

South Padre Island Nature and Birding Center was completed in 2009 by SSP Design, recently Baha Media filmed an aerial perspective taking in the many areas of the center and surrounding wetland areas. The video gives an interesting perspective and allows us to see how the vegetation and project have “grown-in” over the last 5-6 years.

Landscape Master Planning & Design | SSSP Design, LLC
Location | South Padre Island, TX
Architect | Richter Architects
Builder | Terry Ray Construction
Landscape Contractor | Green Thumb Landscape, Southern Landscapes

Video Credit | Baha Media

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