Botanical Decorators

For the open, modern renovation of a historic townhouse, the owners requested an outdoor oasis that would accommodate their three dogs and two cats, with space for dining, cooking, entertaining and gardening.

Grand Award for Outdoor Living Area (Design/Build)

This small backyard on Q Street in DC’s Logan Circle neighborhood was a blank slate. The clients wanted a simple, modern garden that would complement the clean-lined style of their interiors. Our design incorporates a large arc of granite cobblestones that borders a panel of artificial turf to visually expand the narrow property. Pennsylvania flagstone set in concrete in a staggered pattern suggests a loose-sand pathway. Eighteen-by- 36-inch stones repeat the linear proportions of the window mullions. A hand-hewn granite plinth creates a raised fountain and the six-foot-wide side yard is now an outdoor grilling area. Sweetbay magnolias are up-lit to create views from the kitchen. Lush but simple plantings—including espaliered camellias, clump-form bamboo, coral-barked Japanese maple, yellowwood and hornbeam trees—soften the edges of this urban site.

Outstanding Features

  • A hand-hewn granite plinth is part of a custom, raised fountain.
  • Granite cobblestones border a “lawn” panel of artificial turf.
  • Low-voltage LED landscape lighting creates evening ambiance.
  • Plantings soften the urban feel and convey the look of a lush garden oasis.

Botanical Decorators
5011 Olney Laytonsville Road, Suite B
Olney, MD 20832