18 Private Gardens from the Ad Archive That Will Make You Eco-friendly with Envy

A golden glow infuses this landscape found on a 58-acre property in Pennsylvania.

Photo: Derek Fell, Architectural Digest, June 2005

A Bucolic Japanese Composition in Quaker Pennsylvania 

Astonishingly, this Japanese backyard is situated not much from an 1870s Quaker fieldstone farmhouse. The home’s operator made the decision to produce an formidable challenge of this scale following being encouraged by the property’s hilly 58-acre landscape. Hiroshi Makita was tapped to spearhead the design and execution of the comprehensive grounds. “After [architect] Martin Rosenblum opened up the farmhouse to the wonderful encompassing countryside with large photo home windows, balconies, and terraces, we were thrilled that sights from inside of the residence revealed no horizon line simply because of the valley’s steep slopes, and so we began work on a Japanese cup backyard garden in front of the dwelling,” the house owner described to Architectural Digest. “The base of the cup was formed by two ponds that were regraded to give the shoreline a more normal form.”

One instead formal California garden.

Photograph: Arthur Matthew Gray, Architectural Digest, February 2005

A Rose-Tinted Parterre

“It was a really passionate ruin, and I have a passion for ruins,” Clara Yust claimed of the practical experience of exploring her L.A. property. “I could see the formal garden and fountain by means of the fence, and the fact that it was so abandoned. It was quite tempting to acquire about.” That fleeting believed arrived to entire fruition when Yust and her husband acquired and meticulously restored the 1920s abode. The hedges found were managed by the same gardener from 1921 to 1986 before going through a dormant period of treatment. The Yusts revived them, and introduced the roses pictured listed here with them from their former residence. 

Lunch is served en plein air.

Photograph: Robert Reck, Architectural Digest, October 2004

Linda Ronstadt’s Ideal Quite Outside Area

“Her garden is incredible—there are numerous exclusive places,” inside designer Christy Martin commented to Architectural Digest of her client’s Tucson backyard. That customer was none other than singer Linda Ronstadt. Community agency Harlow Gardens produced the space, which Ronstadt’s cat, Sally Mae, clearly enjoys. Ronstadt also puts its bounty to great use: “Linda loves contemporary bouquets, and she destinations them all around the house,” Martin mirrored at the time. 

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