Modern Garden Nirvana

Lowery/Nelson Address StandPalm Springs post-war design aesthetic is exemplified by its plethora of magnificent gardens as featured in the Palm Springs Modernism Week Garden Tour. Highlights included:

Marler/Miner Garden
Dramatic sculpture is framed by striking minimalist landscaping. A particularly interesting abstract piece was constructed entirely out of silver painted dowels to create an undulating form.

Silver Dowel SculptureMarler Miner Front GardenMarler Miner Abstract Sculpture

O’Donnell/Basterrechea Garden
This LEED Platinum certified residence was designed by homeowner/architect Lance O’Donnell to fit perfectly into the surrounding landscape. Strolling through the garden felt like a hike through Anza Borrego.

O'Donnell/Basterrechea GardenO'Donnell Pool

Morse Garden
This quintessential Palm Springs home was the site of Vogue fashion shoots. The fun-loving homeowners incorporated landscaping to enhance not overwhelm the exceptional William Krisel-designed architecture. The inviting pool beckons guests to dive in and play complete with floating silver balloons floated, fountains and comfy lounge chairs. At night, dramatic lighting turns Ocotillos into stunning sculptural accents.

Morse PoolMorse Lounge ChairsMorse Garden Sculpture

Lowery/Nelson Garden
East meets west on steroids: the juxtaposition of Balinese with retro modern style accents works in this mid-century modern turned eco-friendly home. The serene landscaping balances perfectly with the impeccably designed interiors. The homeowners brought their love of Bali to their desert hideaway by expansive use of aqua pebble and an impressive Buddha head fountain. Also unique were the exotic succulent collection, crazy address stand and choice of smoky blue against taupe paint to break up the exterior plains of the home.

Buddha Head FountainLowery Nelson Interior Design

Lowery Nelson Front Garden

Old Man of the Andes

Ruttan Garden
Repetitive geometric shapes and colorful drought-tolerant landscaping are dominant features of this mid-century modern garden.Ruttan Wall HangingRuttan GardenRuttan Courtyard FountainAce Hotel Sunset View

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About Jolee Pink

I am a California-based writer, designer, artist, super foodie and avid traveler. I view travel as a superlative learning experience and have visited nearly 50 countries. As the author of Living Coastal: Inspirations for Entertaining, Decorating and Cooking California Style, I brought together artists and chefs to capture the spirit of San Diego influenced by the Pacific Ocean. The Wabisabi Green lifestyle blog focuses on art, design, food and travel. My colorful ceramic sculpture has received national recognition and is on permanent display at Rady Children’s Hospital. I also design and market a boutique eco-friendly textile line featuring bold modern motifs based on nature, world travels and the southern California coastal lifestyle.
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