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Backyard Haven

Scott Brinitzer brings beauty and purpose to an amorphouse Arlington property

Moment of Zen

Katia Goffin creates a serene yoga retreat and meditation garden in DC’s Wesley Heights

Al Fresco Retreat

Landscape architect Richard Arentz reimagines fields of empty farmland near Easton, creating a versatile waterfront oasis

Private Spot

A natural pool and its lush surroundings celebrate the great outdoors

Cutting Edge

Inviting gardens embrace a renovated 1925 Arlington bungalow

Timeless Retreat

Long-lived plantings lend depth and beauty to a Bethesda garden

Project Profile

Work of Art

Work of Art - A setting at the edge of a forest can be a starting point for a successful garden. With an acre and mature trees already framing the property, […]

Before+After: Landscape

“The house is almost totally surrounded by water,” says McHale’s Sandra Moffatt, who collaborated with Mike Miller on this Crownsville, Maryland, project. Located on the low-lying tidal ground of Peninsula […]

New Leaf

A Great Falls family who had updated their house turned to Surrounds, Inc., to revive their rundown property accordingly. “It was an opportunity to create a gorgeous new environment,” recounts […]

Rural Spirit

The nostalgic appeal of an old red barn weathering away in a field of tall grass is undeniable. The iconic timber structures colored a brownish-red hue retain all the magic […]

Master Plan

It’s not always easy to marry a historic property with modern requirements for sustainability—especially when the landscape is a 16-acre waterfront estate in Easton, Maryland. McHale Landscape Design has worked […]

Outdoor Oasis

“We’re seeing a trend in the DC area toward modern landscape designs,” says Joe Colao of Fairfax-based Colao & Peter: Luxury Outdoor Living. A recent project illustrates his point: McLean […]

Backyard Bonanza

“The property is about a quarter acre—and we used every square inch of it,” recounts Luke Tirrell of Wheat’s Landscape, who oversaw the transformation of a Bethesda backyard from mundane […]

A Formal Approach

A couple building a house on nearly four acres in Potomac tapped McHale Landscape Design to create a master plan for the site while construction was still underway. The abode would […]

English Garden

The garden on Whitehaven Street is not the only example of an English-inspired landscape in Richard Arentz’s prolific portfolio. In fact, the landscape architect’s own country home in Fauquier County, […]

Formal Approach

When designing a large, stone residence in Bethesda, architect Glenn Chen Fong was inspired by the formal aesthetic of Mediterranean manor houses. His clients wanted to create a landscape that […]

Garden Variety

The owners of a small property in Falls Church had big plans for their compact backyard. These included a pool and water feature, a screened porch, a patio with a […]

Grand Entrance

While architect Mark Sullenberger created a stately house in Potomac, landscape architect Jeffrey Plusen worked on transforming its barren, two-acre grounds into a welcoming landscape that would reflect the style […]

Party Time

A couple living in Northwest DC’s Foxhall Crescent neighborhood hired Surrounds, Inc., to create an outdoor living area on their quarter-acre lot. “They specified an entertainment space in back but wanted […]

Courtyard Retreat

When the owners of a 25-acre property near Charlottesville decided to build a small estate, they brought the architect, builder and landscape architect together for a team dinner before work […]

Before+After: Landscape

Then Now A couple wanted play space for their kids and an area for outdoor entertaining. Their backyard was bisected by an awkward slope that was hard for the kids […]

City Oasis

A backyard garden in Kalorama posed some challenges for landscape architect Jennifer Horn, who was asked to transform it into a party-ready space with a touch of Asian flair. The […]

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