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Friday
Oct042013

Green with envy

After a long dry winter, faced with the prospect of failed summer rains and a dying garden, I sit and stare at my computer screen green with envy. Two small courtyards by Sawyer Berson. Both in New York. Both lush, moist, marvellous. I can feel a faint mist in the air, a soft breeze ruffles the leaves in the trees while cool water naps carved stone. (You may recognise the second courtyard as Julianne Moore's.)

Reader Comments (9)

Been following this website for months, for every single post. Your post of interior design are fascinating, except this one; this one is far more. Right now, I lust for the lush and greenery. I even don't have as beautiful as this garden in my tropical home country.

4 Oct 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCeu Mumun

After seeing this post I am definitely going to buy more hostas for my backyard.

4 Oct 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAna Fonseca

Ceu Mumun wrote: "I even don't have as beautiful as this garden in my tropical home country."

New York in the summer has "tropical" weather. I worked in landscaping in the New York City/Long Island area and that rich greenery is very easy to achieve and quite common.

4 Oct 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohny B.

The second garden belongs to the actress Julianne Moore. It takes big bucks to achieve that level of natural serenity in NYC.

4 Oct 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJared Hayden

i don't think the pictures accurately depict the abject darkness most nyc yards are subject to, making what they've done here, varying the shape and height of similar plants (ones that will grow in deep shade) inspiring....and cruel to show us nyc in the spring as we are heading into winter! waa.

4 Oct 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpriscilla

Sigh, there is nothing quite like a NY brownstone. I'm inspired - now I'd like to see the interiors!

4 Oct 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLucy

I miss Manhattan!

4 Oct 2013 | Unregistered Commenteroh Holland

Jared Hayden wrote: "The second garden belongs to the actress Julianne Moore. It takes big bucks to achieve that level of natural serenity in NYC."

LOL. No it doesn't. It's actually quite easy. The climate of NYC is perfect for it.

Priscilla wrote: "i don't think the pictures accurately depict the abject darkness most nyc yards are subject to, making what they've done here, varying the shape and height of similar plants (ones that will grow in deep shade) inspiring....and cruel to show us nyc in the spring as we are heading into winter! waa."

I'm a New Yorker and the lighting in yards you see in those pictures is very typical for such buildings. The plants shown also do not require very bright or direct sunlight. While these yards are nicely done, yards as green as this are very common in NYC.

5 Oct 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohny B.

What happens to these gardens and containers in the winter?

21 Dec 2013 | Unregistered Commentersusanne

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