|From a discarded shipping container re-purposed as a |
garden shed to rusted grates which add a unique element to
groundcovers, young designer Courtney Goetz has challenged
us all to look for new ways to use old things.
|Dead trees and old bottles become sculpture|
while lost keys make a fun rain chain
Design by Courtney Goetz
Her goal was to have green ideas that anyone could use. From walls created from heating radiators, pillars in the style of gabions but filled with old bricks, black nursery pots and plastic water bottles, and rain chains which use old keys to re-direct water, this garden gives unique, affordable ways that we can all use to reduce waste. All it takes is a little imagination. Courtney earned a Gold Medal for her design as well as the Sunset Magazine Western Living Award. Congratulations!
|Pebble inserts in patio pavers add interest |
Karen Stefonick design
Designers SolTerra Systems employed a similar idea in their garden ‘Next Stop Hotel Babylon’ with cutaways in the patio being planted with grasses and other easy care plants. This softened the hard edges whilst re-enforcing the geometric lines.
|Plant pockets in pavers allow water to percolate.|
|A beautifully crafted design from the pergola to the crystal ball spinning|
in the water.
Karen Stefonick design.
|This elegant design belies its function as a rain garden|
Design by Artistic Garden Concepts
It actually took me some time to realize that this was in fact a rain garden as I was so struck by the formal grace and elegance of the design. Yet the whole garden is focused around a shallow depression designed to catch water in another very effective way to reduce storm runoff and filter pollutants. I confess that I had considered rain gardens to be something of a fad and little more than a rocky French drain with a few plants added for aesthetics. This garden proved me wrong. From a design perspective what I loved was the simple movement of concentric circles leading from an outer crushed gravel pathway inset with occasional square pavers for an interesting counterpoint, to an inner circle of plants and seating areas converging finally on a central recessed zone planted with water loving plants and highlighted by a stunning oversized urn. Architectural walls enclosed the space to create a sense both of intimacy and importance. It has really got my mind working as to how I can use this idea on my own waterlogged land.