Before & After: Steve's City Grocery Garden

The Gardenist

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Steve Martino is arguably one of the most exciting (IMO) landscape designers currently working. Even though he works in a climate that's nearly the polar opposite of mine (Arizona — and I am in New England), he is on my shortlist of colleagues that I study for inspiration and ideas. This project makes me want to pick up and move southwest — to a deserted grocery store.
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The client wanted to leave the suburbs for a more urban lifestyle, and when she found this dilapidated grocery store and adjacent bungalow she decided an adaptive re-use of the structures was a great sustainable solution.
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She needed studio space, as an interior designer, and Steve Martino helped her create a live-work compound of courtyards that use native plants throughout.
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I'm slightly obsessed with the breeze block walls and really want to get comfortable with doing this myself — both for use in retaining walls and for making simple geometric features like reflecting pools. The construction is relatively straightforward and doable for DIY.

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The second bit of inspiration I personally take from this garden is the colors, specifically how the art and the finishes and the plants all take cues from each other and work so well together.
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What inspires you from this project?

Take a peek at this project page on Land8lounge, as well as on Steve's website, to view more of the garden.

(Images: Steve Martino and land8lounge)

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