Name: Marco Island
Location: Marco Island, FL 34145
of Completion: On
Architect: W. Christian Busk , W. Christian Busk
Glenn and Lavonne Johnson
Contractor: Busk and Associates
Architect created the original garden for the residence on the Marco River in
1980. During the next 2 decades the
client acquired the neighboring house and property. The two houses were
connected by glass corridors and roof lines were designed to mimic the Katsura
palace in Japan. After 20 years the original landscape was missing the midrange
canopy and the connection of the two gardens.
A new palette of plant materials
blends the entire property. New
coconuts, bamboos, guavas, flowering trees and several varieties of shrubs were
added to enrich the new garden palette. The owners have acquired several
sculptures over the years. Garden
vignettes were designed to enhance their presence in the garden spaces. We developed layers of privacy for the
clients creating backgrounds dense tropical foliage.
The owner wanted a
water garden to replace the new home’s kidney shaped swimming pool. The concrete deck was demolished and a new
rectilinear pool was developed to sit inside the original concrete shell. Water lilies were added for the surprise of
their daily flowers. A granite plinth creates a "Zen” like atmosphere with a
steady stream of water cascading over it.
The black teak decking creates a visual
connection through the new garden space. A "Mondrian” effect was created with
black pebbles and stone paving. An
outdoor fireplace was integrated into the space for visual interest and
seasonal use. We provided a level terraced area for the garden to expand
outside the screened perimeter. The
original screened pool enclosure for the main house was destroyed in the last
hurricane. Jerusalem limestone benches were added with built-in louvered
lighting for safety along the pool area’s raised walls. Original 30” privacy walls and gates were
reworked to meet the 4’ code height. A variety of stone and shell pathways
provide interest and delight for the owners on a daily basis.
The garden has many
microclimates which allowed a diverse palette of plant materials and textures
to be incorporated.
architect works with the owners on a weekly basis to manage their botanical
garden and to enhance the spaces with new varieties of plant materials.
Pool Builder: Jackson
Stone Work and
Floor Covering, LLC