Mediterranean Meets Prairie
Lake Forest, Illinois
Working alongside the home’s architect, the Mariani architect designed and coordinated the landscape installation around a geothermal energy grid, which greatly reduces the home’s energy costs.
The locally sourced limestone, designed in a stunning, two-tone pattern is used throughout the property and complements the home’s subtle color and clean architecture. A side garden accessed through custom, ornamental wrought iron gates features carefully trimmed boxwoods accented by the season’s pink tulips. A pergola defines an outdoor room to create the perfect setting for dining al fresco.
A pond’s shoreline, restored with plants indigenous to the Illinois wetland, creates the perfect backdrop for a gas fire pit at the edge of the limestone patio. Gracefully wrapping around the perimeter of the home, the shoreline features a colorful collection of native plantings. Invasive species from the pond’s peninsula were removed and replaced with native sumac and dogwoods while seeding the sloped areas with no-mow fescue grasses. Through detailed project planning and design, the team’s collaboration across the entire process created a European inspired landscape that is exquisite and mindful of the environment.See Slideshow