Smith Farmstead

Design Team:
Landscape Architect, Scott Lankford,
Lankford Associates Landscape Architects
Architect, Dan Nelson,
Designs Northwest Architects
Photography, Ian Gleadle, Scott Lankford

A series of courtyard gardens located on family farmland in the Skagit valley, Washington State. These gardens surround the home sheltering from seasonal winds while embracing the beautiful surrounding farmlands. The gardens are designed to tie the home into the surrounding countryside while creating individual rooms with multiple exposures for sun and views. Photos by Ian Gleadle

Published in Seattle Homes and Lifestyles, March/April 2011, "At Home in the Valley", by Marty Wingate.
Kitchen courtyard
Sheltered from strong southerly winds, the glass breezeway opens to embrace the working fields to the south. The paver patio is bound by a stone wall and arbor and was carefully sited around and under a 50 year old ornamental cherry. Photos by Ian Gleadle
“gravel” — leameldrum
Southern patio and stone walk
View to the southern courtyard. Planted berms and pathways separate the patios from the surrounding farmlands and are sheltered by an existing Stewartia pseudocamellia. Photos by Ian Gleadle
“Patio” — Gilda Deniro
Walkway leading to renovated milk barn guest house
Looking from the kitchen courtyard, a winding walkway connects to a patio off a renovated milk barn used as a guest house. Trellis and gardens flank the pathway and separate walk from the play lawns to the north. Careful alignment of the paths tie together the various elements of the architecture. Photos by Ian Gleadle
“Concrete easy clean to sweep leaves” — pmlreno
Entry courtyard
The main entry to the house is carefully framed by a fenced courtyard to separate the entry from the parking and street. Lath screen, trellis and pathways frame and surround the courtyard. Photo by Ian Gleadle
“Open fence” — Susie Landscape Designs
Simple plant beds are used away from the residence to emphasize the architecture. The kitchen courtyard, breezeway and paths align to tie the structures together and shelter the outdoor living spaces under a 50 year old cherry tree. Photos by Ian Gleadle
“red plant” — mjsavage
Entry courtyard
A old watering trough from the site was used as a water feature within the courtyard. Low maintenance plantings and traditional gravel pathways with paver edging flank the stone entry and are surrounded by low lath screen fences to formalize the space. Photo by Ian Gleadle
“water feature” — MS|Architecture
HT: Skagit Valley
A stone path leads to the children's play area off the southern patio area. Surrounded by colorful flowers and seasonal plantings this area is a delight in all seasons. Photo by Scott Lankford
“kids chairs” — mike
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The views from the kitchen window frame the surrounding farmlands with iconic buildings, windmills and water towers set in the fields. Photos by Scott Lankford
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Mounds with stone paths wind along the south side of the house breaking the garden into rooms and patios. Photos by Scott Lankford
“Berm Design” — slchaviel
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The kitchen courtyard patio with pathway leading to the guest house beyond. Photos by Scott Lankford
“two tone” — jtoward
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Colorful lilies pop through the garden. The kitchen courtyard is protected from southerly winds by a glass atrium walkway. Photos by Scott Lankford
“Kitchen courtyard protected by southerly winds by a glass atrium walkway” — admadab
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A pathway winds from the guest house along the garage parking to the kitchen courtyard nestled against a 5o year old cherry. Photos by Scott Lankford
“Red and grey color scheme” — Merikay Guhring
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Colorful plantings line the pathway to the kitchen courtyard and guest house. Photos by Scott Lankford
“like the knee braces size and style” — Ruth Ruckle
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Stone paths connect the patios along the south side of the house, running between berms to set the house into the landscape. Photos by Scott Lankford
“ground cover” — eileenhunt881
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A salvaged water trough is makes a water garden in the entry courtyard. Simple geometric pathways frame and add elegance to this courtyard. Photos by Scott Lankford
“front garden” — sdexotic
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On the north side entry, a shady courtyard with colorful plantings adds interest along the side of the house. Photos by Scott Lankford
“front” — brunswickga1
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A look from the entry courtyard through the trellis to the kitchen courtyard and guest house beyond. The 50 year old cherry was carefully worked around to anchor the kitchen courtyard garden. Photos by Scott Lankford
“Great snap of the Trellis. Can we mimic this?” — Rachel Strong
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