Take a surprising journey though this lush private garden tucked into the corner of Coral Gables, Florida.
Photo: Roger Foley
Dana and Quentin Nason bought a 1929 Coral Gables house in the "Old Spanish" style characterized by clay tile roofs, stucco facades, and other Mediterranean features. Though both it and the accompanying garden needed work, potential oozed from every wall and leaf. Dana recalls, "Our wish list included an oasis-like pool, lots of color, great views from all over, spaces for privacy, and a lush, tropical feel." To realize their vision, they called on the Palm Beach landscape architecture firm of Sanchez & Maddux. The result is an amazingly peaceful and verdant garden that makes the surrounding neighborhood seem very far away. Let's examine its elements.