“It’s About Art”
The European Scaled Garden design style guides our approach to landscape architecture.
The 4 Architectural Styles
“It's all about the Arch”
The Italian Renaissance garden was among the first of the Renaissance gardens from which others across Europe were inspired, continuing today to provide a model for landscape architects around the world.
Unlike the earlier Italian Medieval gardens enclosed by walls and dedicated to solitary serenity and the growth of fruits, vegetables and herbs, the Italian Renaissance gardens were designed to provide an order and beauty that flows from adjoining structures and melds seamlessly into the surrounding landscape. They were created for both entertaining and reflecting—appealing to all of the senses.
In the late Renaissance, they became larger and featured elaborate and ornate statues, grottoes, fountains and water organs. Garden features of the Italian Renaissance garden compliment the Palladian arch distinct in early Rome.
“It's all about the Roof”
Inspired by the Italian Renaissance gardens, the French Renaissance gardens follow the same ideals of order, measure and proportion—a symmetrical and seamless garden connecting Chateaux to the landscape surrounding it
It entails geometric planting beds known as “parterres,” mythological statues, grand fountains and water ways. Labyrinths and porticos compliment the unique French roof lines and add drama, fantasy and function to the sprawling gardens.
Gravel pathways punctuated with potted plants weave strategically through uniquely defined green spaces. The French Renaissance gardens mirror the grandeur of the majestic structures and landscape from which they stem.
“It's all about the Entrance”
Recognized today as beautifully unstructured collections of complimenting colors, stone structures and soft water sounds, the English garden also stemmed from early Italian Renaissance gardens—incorporating some French features before making it distinctly English. The English garden is balanced between the essence of casual and formal design.
Going against the more formal grain of many historical gardens, the romantic era left an indelible mark on the English garden and what has become best known today for the English Cottage garden. These gardens, while continuing to reflect the art and literature of the era, embraced the romance and emotion invoked by the naturally landscaped gardens filled with soft colors and subtle purpose—rather than structured forms and lines.
Among the most famous English cottage garden was designed by French impressionist painter, Claude Monet. In this case not only was life imitating art, but his art imitating his landscape designs and water features.
The English garden compliments the distinct entryways of English architecture, with a visual appeal that stretches warm and welcoming to visitors.
“It's all about the Lines”
Today, contemporary gardens represent an easy expression of the families and visitors enjoying them. A relaxed order combines classical and flowing lines, aesthetic appeal and function, personal elements of style and a bit of interior design extended to the outdoors.
While complimenting the surrounding structure and extended landscape, the Modern Garden plays with materials, colors and form. These gardens seamlessly integrate technology to facilitate outdoor living spaces that today serve many purposes. European-inspired and scaled to the space, its history and personality, Contemporary gardens also distinctly reflect the personality of property owners and their lifestyle.