Garden on Turtle Creek
The Garden on Turtle Creek is a model for the union of modern landscape design aesthetics and environmental sensitivity. Weaving new landscape elements into the site’s natural systems and intense native vegetation, the garden mediates two strong contextual forces: the sophisticated glass, limestone, and concrete house, designed by Antoine Predock, and the unpredictable site condition of a steep, richly vegetated slope that descends into Turtle Creek.
The client desired a walking garden that was simultaneously contemplative and modern, and that included a birdbath to satisfy a passion for birdwatching. Composed of a sequence of brief but intense episodes, the landscape fosters intimate exploration of the site’s varied conditions and creates significant new views within the site and beyond, all while respecting and responding to the existing topography and vegetation.
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