The Fab Five: The Garden Path

Five masterful landscape architects create tranquil coastal garden retreats


Photo by Eric Roth


1 I The Good Life

Overlooking Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, Mass., this imposing oceanfront home is nestled in a beautiful landscaped garden. Greg Bilowz has guided the design since the early 1980s and most recently added a motor court and terraced steps.


Photo by Charles Mayer


2 I Cape Crusader

A fabulous Cape Cod estate deserves an equally wonderful garden, and leading landscape architect Dan K. Gordon delivers in spades. The design creates multiple outdoor recreation spaces for its owners while preserving the home’s expansive ocean views and coastal dunes.


Photo by Bruce Botnick

3 I A Frame of Mind

Using the Japanese concept of “the borrowed landscape” as a framing device, Pamela Burton fashions an exuberant garden at an oceanfront home in Malibu, Calif. Drought- and salt-tolerant plants add color, texture and movement and connect the garden to its natural landscape.


Photo courtesy of LeBlanc Jones Landscape Architects 


4 I The High Rhode

Keith LeBlanc and Christopher Regan harmonize old and new, formal and informal at this delightful riverside garden in Rhode Island. Open lawns and lushly planted stone terraces and paths maximize the views and create a balanced, cohesive landscape.


Photo courtesy of Hollander Design


5 I A Soft Landing

Masterful Ed Hollander creates a stellar setting at this substantial coastal estate at Gulls Landing on Long Island. A collection of garden “rooms” opens to glorious natural sand dunes with walkways elevated to allow the free migration of wildlife.


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