Gulf Coast Woodland
PROJECT TYPE: Residential Garden
LOCATION: Pensacola, Florida
SERVICES PROVIDED: Garden design, planting plan and schedule, existing tree survey
SIZE: 1/2 acre
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The woodland garden of northwest florida is in a remnant oak hammock amid new suburban patio home development. The existing grove consists of a variety of native oaks with sunny patches close to the house. The goal of the design is to create more bird and wildlife habitat through a rich and colorful layering of the understory and ground place. The owner is an avid native plant enthusiast and master gardener. Rare species were acquired for the fern collection through trade with local gardeners. A deck and raised wooden walkway connects the patio garden to the spa. The spa is a private, quiet space for contemplation, designed to immerse the owner in the solitude and wildness of her backyard. A tree survey forms the framework for the design with recommendations for maintenance and longevity of the oak grove.