Saucon Valley, PA

A series of unique constructed elements unify this dramatic, 160-acre landscape formerly home to a founding family of Bethlehem Steel. Stone terraces and paths wind through an unfolding series of native gardens; stonewalls flanking the entry drive evoke the existing hedgerows that spatially define the property; and a pool resembling a meandering path culminates in dramatic views of a thirty-acre planted meadow. Restored steel umbrellas, once part of the property’s formal landscape, were sited to create an implied arc connecting the gardens’ more structured realm and the wilder landscape beyond. (Click for more on this 160-acre estate.)

Featured in Private Edens (Jack Straub, 2013), Garden Design Magazine (2011), Landscape Management (2008), and Nature’s Garden (2007). Received the Landscape Design Honor Award from the Perennial Plant Association (2008) and the Gold Award, Best in Show Award, and Monrovia® Distinctly Better Plant Design Award from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (2008). Study site for Burghardt, Tallamy, & Shriver, “Impact of Native Plants on Bird and Butterfly Biodiversity in Suburban Landscapes,” Conservation Biology, 2008, vol. 23, no. 1.