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“We Need to Block that View!” – Creating Privacy with Landscaping

Contributed by Christie Dustman

I can’t count the number of times I have heard someone say, “We need to block that view!” In fact, many people go on to describe how they wave to their neighbor at night, kitchen window to kitchen window.

While we all love living in proximity to the city, we also want our privacy. How can landscaping help with this dilemma?

This is the rub: we want plants to do lots of things for us, but sometimes using plants to block out a particular view is almost as visually unappealing as that view itself. For example, think of that house you drive by with an A/C unit enclosed by a fence that screams, “Hey, A/C unit here!” 

This Saturday, April 22nd at 9am, I’m hosting a Walk and Talk at Allandale Farm to discuss ways to approach this common dilemma. Register here and come to learn some new options! 

Check out other Walk and Talks I’m hosting at Allandale Farm this spring here. I hope to see you at one!

Not Your Average Screening Solution

9-18-14 screening solution 1This past spring we were asked to design the impossible:  create a visual screen along the property line that was tall, narrow, wouldn’t block the sun and wasn’t a fence.  Hmmmm …    A row of tall evergreens or a tree was nixed due to the added shade and depth of planting bed it would occupy.  What else could do the job?

In short order Christie had the idea to create a series of sculptural  lattice “trees” that would obfuscate the view into the neighbor’s property and be used to showcase the client’s clematis vines.  What seemed like a straight forward idea quickly grew in complexity when Allan Robinson had to make the idea structurally sound.  The lattice panels were reinforced with stainless steel rods to allow us to hang them unconventionally, on one side;  red cedar fence posts had to be sourced so the lattice panels and posts would weather evenly; and an experienced cabinet maker developed a custom jig to mount the panels to the posts.  Working long hours and into the dusk, we conscripted extended family members and hustled to beat the clock, as the garden was to be featured in a National Garden Tour in two days’ time.

Sometimes an idea is just too good to pass up.  By collaborating with the homeowners, who had a strong sense of what they wanted; with multiple vendors (including www.latticestix.com) and with multiple designers in our office, we were able to leverage the strength of many talented individuals and accomplish something unique and wonderful.

What problem do you need solved?  Let us collaborate with you.

9-18-14 screening solution 2

Show-Stopping Plants: Julie Campbell, Design Associate

These are some of the plants that stop me in my tracks, regardless of what I ’m doing (driving, talking on the phone with a client, heading to a meeting, walking around the neighborhood…) and persuasively beckon  me to record their undeniable beauty on film.

(Cedrus atlantica glauca pendula)

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