Formal Beauty in a Garden Inspired by Colonial Williamsburg
When they built their home in 1988, the homeowners wanted to create a garden like those they had visited and loved in Williamsburg, Virginia. Working with local designer Bill Derringer, who had designed several gardens in Williamsburg, they planted a garden that was a peer to the formal beauty of historic colonial gardens in the Old South. Since then they have lovingly maintained and revised it as trees grew and shadows increased, always remaining true to its original spirit.
A Garden Designed to Delight in All Seasons
Local garden connoisseurs will immediately recognize the guiding hand behind this enchanting formal garden. Daffodils, tulips, Akebono cherry blossoms and azaleas, all flowering in white or pale hues, grace the spring garden. This flowery exuberance is contained within the frame of meticulously maintained English boxwood hedges, paths of Connecticut bluestone, and an elegant and beautifully detailed fence and gate. It is of course a Katsy Swan garden. Her inimitable style can be seen in her many private gardens throughout the Bay Area and in the landscapes that raise the spirits of anyone visiting Stanford Hospital.
New & Old Treasures in a Venerable Estate Garden
The homeowners brought their potted dogwood along when they moved here in 1976. Thus began a long and highly productive love affair with this venerable estate garden in Old Palo Alto. Nestled in a grove of Palo Alto’s largest valley oaks when the house was built in 1920, today it features large, elegant entry, four garden rooms inspired by family travels, photos clipped from magazines and the desire to welcome family and friends in all seasons.
The Perfect Marriage of a Stately Victorian Home and a New Garden
When the owners bought this historic property in 2011, they were fulfilling a long-held dream to own and restore one of Professorville’s stately Victorians. With the help of garden designer Janell Denler Hobart of Denler Hobart Gardens LLC, the dream included a serene garden for the children to play in and for the adults to host large parties and intimate gatherings.
A Flower-filled Garden with a Mediterranean Flavor
When they decided to remove their front and back lawns, the homeowners hired the doyenne of lawn replacement in Palo Alto, Kim Raftery. The result is perfectly suited to the stucco bungalow built in 1926.