Davids Garden

2010 Award of Merit, Florida Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects

The Davids garden is an imaginative study on what can be planted in the toughest of Bahamian beachfront elements. Water creates linkage within the landscape, by lapping the sea lavender-draped shoreline, spilling from the infinity edge pool and reflecting the sculpted overhanging rock formations of the entry garden streams. We utilized the entire site as well as the borrowed beachfront landscape to create a visual and an auditory garden dialogue.

As visitors enter the garden from the heavily planted roadway, they follow a boardwalk over four water features with a series of waterfalls, streams and bridges connected by an old nautical rope discovered during one of the Client’s fishing excursions. This project exemplifies our role in the shaping of the built and garden environments to enhance the client’s lifestyle, appreciation for beauty, and desire to have a sustainable beachfront garden.

Plants were not only selected for their beauty, but for their parsimonious water requirements and appropriateness to the site. Raymond designed the swimming pool with an infinity edge towards the garden, creating an optical illusion and making the pool appear to be the source of the water for the entry garden streams.

Completed: 2009
Location: Treasure Cay, Bahamas
Photography: Stephen Dunn

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