Next week I’m travelling again. This time on a search for garden antiques and vintage in the markets in Paris and parts of Belgium. I am continuing on to Rome for a few days of play after that. For the first time in many, many years, I won’t be taking my laptop with me. I’ve traded the bulk and weight for my camera stuff and a tablet, so please follow my Instagram account for what I see and off the cuff inspiration.
I’ve also been waiting a while to post about a visit to Vizcaya when I was in Miami in November so here it is. I was enchanted. For a landscape designer, like me, who finds inspiration in classicism and order, this garden was sublime. Inspired by Venice, yet built in the tropics, it transcended my expectations–which were high to begin with. We arrived in the rain which magically stopped when I went out to the garden.
Lush and green, in November, Vizcaya was largely flowerless which did not detract from its interest. Layers of texture, geometric forms and varied stone and stucco create the depth.
Interesting uses of repeated geometric shapes–circles, triangles and rectangles on both the horizontal and vertical planes create cohesion and draw the eye through the garden. A single pop of color creates a focal point. Great editing is what makes great design, not piling up detail upon detail just to have them.
The same view from a few steps over takes the asymmetric organization of the previous view to one of almost perfect symmetry.
Celebrating Italian gardens and Floridian materials using coral stone, native limestone and juxtaposing them with Italian terra cotta and antique statuary and urns.
I’ve often thought that any garden style can be interpreted within the context of a specific region or plant group. A formal planting in the secret garden using cactus, grasses and agaves for structure and interest.
Last but not least was the summer house with views of the Grand Canal–a conceit if there ever was one complete with gondola moorings. This structure has been damaged during the Florida hurricane season and needs repair, but still had incredibly beautiful mosaic floor and lattice work.
There was much more to see, and if getting away from the cold dreary winter is on your list…Vizcaya fits the bill perfectly.