MANHATTAN SHADE GARDEN
This upper east side garden, surrounded by tall buildings, is larger than many townhouse gardens and was inspired by New York City pocket parks and the Noguchi museum. The garden, viewed from the clients dining deck, is a contemplative space, seemingly miles away from the surrounding upper east side neighborhood.
The amoeba shaped planting beds and grey, native gravel patios are defined with steel edging. The use of different shades of green foliage and the textures of gravel, stuccoed walls, bluestone and varying plants all add to the overall harmony of the garden. We resurfaced the existing walls and stairs in the garden and unified them using a pale grey wash, which brought more lightness into an otherwise shaded space. At night landscape lighting lends drama and highlights the Japanese maples, some of which were existing and beautifully mature.