After my visit to the Dominican Republic last week and two visits up to our house in Malibu this weekend, I have been thinking a lot about the importance of a very beautiful well manicured formal gardens. Love the idea of well trimmed hedges, mixed with planned out hardscape or gravel forming an orchestra of manmade and nature all in one outdoor space.
Our garden in Malibu consists of a huge lawn, 33 fruit trees and lots of indigenous flowers and plants. There are four distinct areas – an orchard, the massive lawn overlooking the ocean, the main patio outside of the house, and a wonderful side yard with several herb garden beds and an olive tree. The woman who owned it was a landscape architect from Brazil. She imported trees from all over the world including a wonderful olive tree that she and her father planted. TE and I found the house almost a year ago and have just recently gotten all of the permits for our remodel…so the house has not been lived in for about a year now. We have a gardener…but without us on site, the garden will need lots of sprucing up.
Thinking…would a formal garden fit on a hill in Malibu? The question of the day! Formal gardens or just a regular yard or maybe something more wild?
Formal or informal garden? What do you prefer?
P.S. Malibu Project Update – I went out to the house on Saturday by myself to meet with the contractor – TE was in Europe so he wasn’t with me. All of the windows and immense 10 foot doors have been installed. Follow me on COCOCOZY Youtube Channel to see the latest video of our Malibu house that I shot this weekend! On Sunday, I picked up TE from the airport and we went out to the house again at Sunset…he loved what is going on. In the video, you will see a house that is down to framing, windows and glass doors and that is it. Soon we’ll get walls back!