Margie Grace - Grace Design Associates
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Grace Design Associates

The clients had built a magnificent Italianate 'villa' with spectacular views of the Santa Barbara coastline. They had assembled an impressive array of garden objects from around the world which were to be incorporated into the gardens. But the challenges were numerous.
Object scale had to carefully managed in this 40 foot by 80 foot space -- The statuary, hardscape elements, and fountains were carefully separated throughout the landscape, in order to de-emphasize the disparate sizes. Objects included a six-foot high Buddha, a 12" high prayer bell, and a massive 1,500 pound stone urn. Additionally, spectacular tree specimens were chosen and carefully placed to provide a counterweight to the other objects in the garden.
* Builder of the Year: Best Landscape and Hardscape, Santa Barbara Contractors Association
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what is the variety of grass growing amoung the rocks?
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jasonrush
What is the plant on the left next to mirror the green stem like one please
January 26, 2014 at 5:53AM   
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Margie Grace - Grace Design Associates
@jasonrush --- it's not a mirror; it's a door into the inner garden. The plant to the left of the door is a Papyrus (Cyperus papyrus).
January 26, 2014 at 10:51PM   
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does anyone know how this mirror or illution is created is this something easy to do yourself .
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mbaishiki
I was browsing on houzz.com and was stopped by this gorgeous image and project. I then realized I know you! Hi Margie it's Mackenzie from Greengate! Such a small world :) Hope all is well. BTW I love love love your work!
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Hi Mackenzie --- small world indeed! All's well here --- hope the same for you! Thanks for the kudos! This is actually a "humble" door in the wall surrounding a little asian-inspired gem of a garden. The door frames a fountain in the distance. Behind the fountain is a custom bamboo lattice screen. The humble door and frame were bought at auction --- a salvaged architectural piece (old!). One has to bow one's head (humble oneself) to enter the garden through this door... Cheers!
April 1, 2013 at 7:12PM     
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Margie Grace - Grace Design Associates added this to 11 Seductive Landscapes That Lure With Less
This "humble" door is used to present the viewer with a snapshot of the water element within the walled garden. The come-hither path draws the eye to the garden wall, through the humble door and into the garden, leading to we know not where. Intriguing, right? (Not to belabor my point, but see how you might think of this trick as the landscape design equivalent of a peep show?)
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This doesn’t just happen by coincidence; the most effective garden designs all employ methods to keep a visitor engaged with the landscape. They play off the senses and create a sense of mystery and intrigue. Iconic gardens offer lessons for creating truly compelling gardens of our own, regardless of how much room we have. Here are some of the features I have come across that make for an unforgettable garden experience.1. A defined entry. The entrance to a garden is an important feature that should be considered. It is a great opportunity to create a dramatic effect that sets the tone for the rest of the garden experience. Think contrast with your garden entrance, the more the better. The entrance doesn’t need to be grand; a simple transition between a shaded environment and a well-lit, open space is enough to signal to visitors that they have entered into the garden.

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1. A defined entry. The entrance to a garden is an important feature that should be considered. It is a great opportunity to create a dramatic effect that sets the tone for the rest of the garden experience. Think contrast with your garden entrance, the more the better. The entrance doesn’t need to be grand; a simple transition between a shaded environment and a well-lit, open space is enough to signal to visitors that they have entered into the garden.
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Margie Grace - Grace Design AssociatesSave to IdeabookEmail Photo This doesn’t just happen by coincidence; the most effective garden designs all employ methods to keep a visitor engaged with the landscape. They play off the senses and create a sense of mystery and intrigue. Iconic gardens offer lessons for creating truly compelling gardens of our own, regardless of how much room we have. Here are some of the features I have come across that make for an unforgettable garden experience. 1. A defined entry. The entrance to a garden is an important feature that should be considered. It is a great opportunity to create a dramatic effect that sets the tone for the rest of the garden experience. Think contrast with your garden entrance, the more the better. The entrance doesn’t need to be grand; a simple transition between a shaded environment and a well-lit, open space is enough to signal to visitors that they have entered into the garden.
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Doorways (enclosed gateways), that lead into open manicured landscapes look fantastic. This is a wonderful example.
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Using a mirror to expand space
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1. A defined entry. The entrance to a garden is an important feature that should be considered. It is a great opportunity to create a dramatic effect that sets the tone for the rest of the garden experience. Think contrast with your garden entrance, the more the better. The entrance doesn’t need to be grand; a simple transition between a shaded environment and a well-lit, open space is enough to signal to visitors that they have entered into the garden.
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This is actually a "humble" door in the wall surrounding a little asian-inspired gem of a garden. The door frames a fountain in the distance. Behind the fountain is a custom bamboo lattice screen. The humble door and frame were bought at auction --- a salvaged architectural piece (old!). One has to bow one's head (humble oneself) to enter the garden through this door... Cheers!
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1. A defined entry. The entrance to a garden is an important feature that should be considered. It is a great opportunity to create a dramatic effect that sets the tone for the rest of the garden experience. Think contrast with your garden entrance, the more the better. The entrance doesn’t need to be grand; a simple transition between a shaded environment and a well-lit, open space is enough to signal to visitors that they have entered into the garden.
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Side path entry of intreset
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Stones and step into H's shed
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moss on walkway stepping stones for side of the house.
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Medium sized stones around the large stone off the porch in VT
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How this doorway invites you in
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The Best Gardens Have--1. A defined entry. The entrance to a garden is an important feature that should be considered. It is a great opportunity to create a dramatic effect that sets the tone for the rest of the garden experience. Think contrast with your garden entrance, the more the better. The entrance doesn’t need to be grand; a simple transition between a shaded environment and a well-lit, open space is enough to signal to visitors that they have entered into the garden.
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Welcoming entry and garden
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1. A defined entry. The entrance to a garden is an important feature that should be considered. It is a great opportunity to create a dramatic effect that sets the tone for the rest of the garden experience. Think contrast with your garden entrance, the more the better. The entrance doesn’t need to be grand; a simple transition between a shaded environment and a well-lit, open space is enough to signal to visitors that they have entered into the garden.
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Entrada principal de nuestra casa, pero estaría un poco más alto. Puede ser también como el jardín de la piscina.
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Love the stone path and decor
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All
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like the hilly moss with stones
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a defined entry to a garden space draws you in
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A defined entry. The entrance to a garden is an important feature that should be considered. It is a great opportunity to create a dramatic effect that sets the tone for the rest of the garden experience. Think contrast with your garden entrance, the more the better. The entrance doesn’t need to be grand; a simple transition between a shaded environment and a well-lit, open space is enough to signal to visitors that they have entered into the garden.
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entry to a garden.....
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Blue garden entry
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Mirror in the garden.
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Have a defined entry!
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Garden pulls you in
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Door pulls you in
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The entrance to a garden is an important feature that should be considered. It is a great opportunity to create a dramatic effect that sets the tone for the rest of the garden experience.
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Worth it
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Garden door
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love a gate and arch or a doorway
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Portail pour le jardin
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love the doorway. Love the color of the stucco.
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enchanting
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Rather than a door in the gate how about a sliding door that runs on track. How to make it so it looks good and doesn't rust or rot ?
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piedras y piedritas
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Think about gateway view to the garden
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Because I'm forever looking for ways to improve my garden.
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mulch and gravel, good combo if underlayment is thick enough
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stepping stones with gravel in btwn
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very beautiful
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Great idea
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Beautiful garden entry
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framed vista
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Transition framing
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Garden entrance
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entrancet to Hidcote Garden, U.K.
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A defined entry for an inviting garden.
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A defined entry. The entrance to a garden is an important feature that should be considered. It is a great opportunity to create a dramatic effect that sets the tone for the rest of the garden experience. Think contrast with your garden entrance, the more the better. The entrance doesn’t need to be grand; a simple transition between a shaded environment and a well-lit, open space is enough to signal to visitors that they have entered into the garden.
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Yan, id like this kind of barrier on that side of the house leading to the pool area, adds some privacy
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1. A defined entry. The entrance to a garden is an important feature that should be considered. It is a great opportunity to create a dramatic effect that sets the tone for the rest of the garden experience. Think contrast with your garden entrance, the more the better. The entrance doesn’t need to be grand; a simple transition between a shaded environment and a well-lit, open space is enough to signal to visitors that they have entered into the garden.
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view through door is glorious and wandering path
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Hidcote Gardens, England
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Entrance idea
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side yard. like large pavers and small/med. rocks.
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mirror inside of inset?
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Winding path made of gravel and stone
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Entry idea, but too narrow
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Pretty contrasting wall, rocks, tanbark and plants
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walkway
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gorgeous, plus there's kangaroo paw
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