Tranby Front Garden

View of the vase

Spring Vase

This 12 × 18 foot ornamental front garden is a modern reinterpretation of the traditional historical urban street idiom (evident on most of this Victorian street) of low wrought iron fence containing planting and a heavy cast iron vase. The decorum of the “social contract” with the neighbors is maintained, but the execution is turned on its head: the ground cover is junk slate – the off cuts from a flooring factory, the vase a wrought iron spring – anything but heavy and stable, and filled with “dead things” (the client requested a no, not low maintenance garden. The wrought iron fence is simple and incorporates a wood band.

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View of the garden from the street

View from the street

View of the slate mulch

Slate ground cover

Detail view of the fence

Ipe and wrought iron fence

Detail view of the fence

Fence detail

Overall view of the garden

View from the street

Tranby Garden : Tranby Avenue Residence

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