Secret Gardens Spring Forth

by Editorial
Jim Free (below with his faithful friend Beryl) enjoys his city garden with its magnificent view of Rock Creek Park.

Jim Free (below with his faithful friend Beryl) enjoys his city garden with its magnificent view of Rock Creek Park.

A Modern Classic
Jim and Ann Free collaborated with interior designer Albert Hadley and my firm, Jane MacLeish Landscapes, to create a seamlessly elegant indoor/outdoor world at their Kalorama home. The challenge was to offer a variety of inviting outdoor experiences on the small, somewhat triangular site. The solution is a triumph of classic sensibility combined with modern; spare with lush.
At the entrance, euonymus-clad stucco walls emphasize the house’s linear aspects and upright hornbeams and tightly clipped boxwood add grace and simplicity to the gravel terraces. Large glass walls open rear rooms to the outdoors, with the paving-stone floor extending through to the outside where tightly clipped yew hedges continue the lines of the interior walls to form “outdoor rooms.” Potted orange trees and clipped oleander and loose agapanthus add soft shades of green and vibrant texture. A small cottage garden, tucked at the kitchen entrance, rewards visitors with delicate flowers, including scented sweetbox, a graceful stewartia tree, and clematis and hydrangea vines. In a small courtyard, a bubbling water feature, seen from the drawing room, prompts pastoral musings. At the other end of the garden, water cascades down a wall into the swimming pool.
By Jane MacLeish, Jane MacLeish Landscapes
Photography Peter J. Tomlinson

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