A Charlottesville, Virginia, master gardener and her architect husband transform their landscape with the time-honored tenets of classical garden design.
A proper upbringing is one way to describe garden design tradition in Virginia. Its symmetrically planned allées and vista views have a pedigree back to the ancients. Who can argue with several millennia of success or Jefferson's own lasting local touch? Not Brooke and Madison Spencer, a Charlottesville couple trained in classicism. She has a horticultural design business, Cory Spencer Partners, and he is a University of Virginia-trained principal at Madison Spencer Architects. Their shared history inspired plans for the one-bedroom ranch home Madison renovated for their family. "His plans informed my vision for a garden," says Brooke. "As soon as he added a pediment to the house, I could justify a Classical garden."