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Historic Hartland

The original estate of the Hartland neighborhood, this home is a three bay, two story brick Greek Revival style which was originally part of a large 400 acre Bluegrass estate constructed circa 1840.  Existing, uneven brick pavers and the mess from the walnut tree, created an area that was abandoned and unused.  The original design included the existing walnut tree as a focal point, but after much thought, the homeowners decided to remove the tree.  The removed mature walnut tree created quite a void, but was replaced with a recessed fire pit and three large serviceberry trees.

The hardscape and garden designs are formal and symmetrical, in keeping with the Greek Revival architecture of the home, and includes raised, mortared limestone planters which match the home’s original foundation, an expansive paver patio on the side and back, a recessed limestone fire pit with gas hookup, as well as a future covered and screened porch off of the garage, and classic southern plantings.  Limestone curbing really sets off the upper patio by defining the plant bed areas and large curves in the design at the firepit area, the grafted hydrangea bed, and the water feature area.

The plantings include southern magnolia, sweetbay magnolia, laurels, hydrangea, boxwood, ‘Sky Pencil’ holly, pagoda dogwood, serviceberry, ‘Delaware Valley’ white azaleas, and masses of hosta and pachysandra as ground cover.

A focal water feature is to be placed once we find something that will complement the design. Other future features include a covered breezeway to the garage, a large screened in porch off of the garage with a limestone fireplace and possibly a spa.

Lexington, KY Summer and Fall 2012

 

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