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September 8, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Join the Heights Garden Club for our September Garden Tour “Double-Feature”: 1210 Harvard and 1214 Harvard
The dog days of summer are almost behind us and the Garden Club would like to present its own version of a late summer special, a two-fer tour at 12th & Harvard! That’s right, two houses, side-by-side, in the heart of the historic Heights, on a lovely, live oak-lined block.
1210 Harvard, currently owned by Bryan & Jennifer White, was built in 1911. 1214 Harvard is currently owned by Steve Satterwhite.
In landscaping the front yards, both homeowners have had to navigate the heavy shade the live oaks offer and the fact that the somewhat shallow live oak roots can choke out other plants. Both yards have been recently landscaped by Ravenscourt Landscaping & Design. With a common landscape designer, the idea was for the yards to complement one another yet stand apart to reflect the homeowners’ personalities and each property’s unique charm.
The exterior of the Whites’ home has remained largely unchanged over the last century, inspiring the homeowners to purse a New Orleans Garden District look and feel with a large courtyard paved with rustic brick. The centerpiece of the courtyard is a large, raised birdbath with an encircling bricked flower bed, surrounded by a large assortment of plants for shade and dappled sunlight, with the pool area standing out as a pocket of sunshine. After most of this yards plants were lost to the freeze of 2017-2018 the backyard was allowed to go to seed, quite literally. Following the spring of 2018, wildflowers that were planted the previous year ended up proliferating freely.
Meanwhile, Steve’s home at 1214 Harvard was recently expanded and totally remodeled. At first glance, the landscaping seems deceptively simple. A closer inspection reveals borders and definitive edges that have been created precisely to give a very crisp, sophisticated look to Steve’s stately manor, with the homeowner preferring the orderliness of a formal garden without the high maintenance. Since this yard also contends with the deep shade from the Live Oaks, plants were selected that could thrive (or at least survive!) in shade or dappled sunlight, still resulting in a fairly large variety. To draw one’s eyes to the home itself, Pennsylvania Blue Slate forms a walkway to the front steps. This slate is also used for the border of the beds, a look more often found in New England. Steve’s yard also showcases a phenomenal use of artificial turf, great for lawn games and for keeping the pool area kept, in addition to a comfy outdoor living space and kitchen.
We hope to see you at this month’s tour!