Innovative Outdoor Design From Green Cherry

Innovative Outdoor Design From Green Cherry

Susie Nadler
Jun 26, 2009

Here's a new and gorgeous take on the vertical garden from Emmanuel Donval of the Bay Area-based Green Cherry Design, featured this week on Flora Grubb's blog. We love the playful way the plants peek out from inside the wall; it almost looks like the hull of some kind of desert shipwreck, with nature slowly taking over the man-made structure. This garden is Donval's own, but his portfolio includes tons more fun and innovative design inspiration...

The Green Cherry gardens, many of which are in the Napa area, all seem to feature whimsical touches and unexpected design principles. One wine-themed garden has a border made out of the bottoms of bottles and a lovely curved bench constructed from wine barrels. In another courtyard, a giant giraffe's head emerges from the side of a cabana. Garden beds surrounding a super-modern house are laid out in a checkerboard pattern (third photo above); the varied textures and heights of the plants enhance and interrupt the pattern, creating a beautiful tension between the structured layout and the organic forms.

If you're still working on sprucing up your garden space as Outdoor Month winds to a close, check out the Emmanuel Donval's portfolio for some eye candy. Maybe the photos will inspire a weekend project!

(Images: Flora Grubb; Green Cherry)

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