Inventory & Analysis
Concept Design
Planting Design
Sanibel Island
1 Acres

Ephemeral display for a magical spring wedding

While the garden was designed primarily as a subtropical island retreat, the client also knew that they wanted to host a memorable spring wedding in the garden. We temporarily planted over a hundred phalenopsis orchids for a magical experience in the hidden courtyard garden. We discovered that mounting orchids takes a lot of time, straps, and Spanish moss – but guests were delighted and amazed.

After the event, the orchids were distributed through the property for an ongoing display.

Creating mystery with sound

Thinking about the experience of the site, we knew that guests would arrive by walking down the crunchy gravel driveway. We created a sense of mystery by including a water feature which you could hear – but not see until you walked into the site. The crunch of walking on gravel and the mystery of the water sound added layers of surprise to the experience of the garden.

Transience within permanence

It can be easy to forget the seasonality of subtropical gardens. This garden celebrates blooming season with orchids, Bauhinia, hibiscus, and flowering Calliandra in the winter.

Large tropical foliage texture of alcantareas, licualas, ferns, and alocasia keep the garden looking lush throughout the year.

Project Scope:

  • Inventory & Analysis
  • Concept Design 
  • Detailed Material Design
  • Planting Design
  • Construction Administration


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