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2013 Award of Merit - Marco Island Residence
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Project Category:  Residential                           

Project Name:  Marco Island Residence

Project Location: Marco Island, FL 34145       

Date of Completion:  On Going Project

Landscape Architect:  W. Christian Busk , W. Christian Busk Landscape Architect


Owner: Glenn and Lavonne Johnson 

Landscape Contractor: Busk and Associates

The Landscape 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.

The landscape 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 Pools

Stone Work and Decking: Collier Floor Covering, LLC

 Fireplace Builder: A Fireplace

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