The benefit of touring private gardens is you get to see the functional elements they add to the garden you don’t get to see in display gardens. As the complexity of outdoor kitchens expand, so do the frequency of seeing outdoor sinks. Not necessary like a grill and many times a hose can fulfill the need of a sink to wash or rinse. However, the following sinks prove a beautiful sink can be designed into a garden and not feel like a repeat of indoor kitchen.
This grill and soapstone sink laid on a natural stone base blend naturally into the garden. The soapstone is a great stone that holds up outdoors.
This sink is made of strips of granite feels natural in the garden with the stone pedestal base.
Another soapstone slab sink found in a greenhouse not at an outdoor kitchen is another great sink design that is very practical with the arched faucet for filling watering cans or watering plants. The secondary hose hookup also makes the area useful for using the single water source for the most functions possible.
In storage we have a single bay concrete sink we saved out of a basement laundry room that we plan on using in our (far) future outdoor kitchen and greenhouse combo area. We will not have it plumbed, but instead use a nearby hose and a bucket to reuse waste water for watering plants. It will be a space to wash dirty hands and veggies from the garden.
This garden was a feature on the last day of the garden tours during the conference. (There is a post conference day of tours as well as the two days during the conference). This was the most extremely detailed garden with meticulous maintenance. The home on the property is a modernist glass-walled that is nestled into the landscape with a seamless transition between indoors and out. The image above features White Birch dotted with a large stones and a mass of green under-planting of Azalea.
DESIGNERS: Zen Associates
The entrance of the house features 100s of boxwood pruned to maintain their individual spherical domes. The base color palate of the entire 6 acre property is limited to greens and white with additional tones added by the Black Mist granite and other natural stonework. Note the small river rock edging between the boxwood and driveway, which is seen again in the next photo to blend transitions.
Throughout the gardens are strategically placed conifers / Japanese maple that are pruned and maintained to highlight their unique form and structure. Many of the conifers are place with immense detail among mossy boulders and creeping ground cover.
The garden is also home to a collection of contemporary sculpture that is placed intently to draw your eye.
The owners collection of bonsai placed on custom stands that allow the homeowners to view them from inside the home with ease. The bonsai are cared for by a bonsai sensei on a regular basis. Some of the trees in the forest of bonsai are over 400 years old.
During the colder seasons, the bonsai move into the modern climate controlled bonsai house on the property. In my next life I will have one as well.
View back to the house over the 1/2 acre koi pond with three water falls.