Balconies and Backyards
This Italian renaissance garden is the former villa and estate of James Deering, of the Deering McCormick-International Harvester fortune. Located on Biscayne Bay in Miami, FL, this early 20th century estate includes an extensive Italian Renaissance gardens, with much of its architecture influenced by Veneto and Tuscan Italy incorporating Baroque elements.
Modeled after a french château, construction on this beautiful home estate began in 1889 and finished in 1895. Richard Morris Hunt, who designed the pedestal for the Statue of Liberty was the architect of the house. The landscape was done by Frederick Ohmstead, the same man who created New York's Central Park. Both men considered their work on the Biltmore as the crowning achievement of their lifetimes.
Featured Space tour this week takes us to the home of a local friend and member, murphy.
Situated on one of South Miami's many canals, an old oak tree serves as the foundation for this outdoor living space. Its many branches teeming with life, supporting countless orchids, staghorns, spanish moss, and other epiphytes. The dense foliage and assorted air plants not only provide cover from the Florida sun, but purifies the air. Did we mention there was a koi pond?
Plantation homes in South Carolina have a rich history. Many estates in the Charleston area have been turned into private and public preserves, featuring historical structures and beautiful landscapes. Magnolia Plantation and Gardens was but one of the gems in the county when we visited in spring. Come take a stroll with us and find some inspiration as we take a journey through this 50 acre plantation garden.