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AN ENGLISH GARDEN IN THE MIDDLE OF SOUTH PHILLY
Our client had her heart set on turning a blank cement pad into an enchanted English garden and as the before picture shows, it was quite bleak. Urban Jungle set out to replicate the client's vision by building 4 raised beds to form a cross path mini garden. The garden was designed with a variety of perennials and annuals that could take the harsh summer sun. We laid down some bluestone pavers and filled the open areas with pea gravel and the finishing touch was a stunning urn and pedestal in the center. Stunning!
LET IT GROW IN FAIRMOUNT
This client in Fairmount wasn't sure what the result should be, so they let us work our magic. The biggest decision that had to be made was to keep the bush... or let it go. Curt Alexander urged the client to get rid of the bush that was stifling any growth in the garden and was hiding the beautiful stonework. The after picture reveals that the new version of the front garden now has room to flourish and the garden's true brilliant colors can now be seen. We added a bright window box on the ledge to balance out the garden. After adding a drip irrigation system to the mix, the client can now go to the shore and know that the garden will still be thriving when she returns home.
THE WEARY TRAVELER'S OASIS
Our client is a consultant who travels globally who wished to have some beauty in his garden for his own enjoyment and to have an extension of the house for outdoor entertaining. As you can see in the before picture, the cinder block fence was in bad shape and we made the decision to completely change the look by demolishing the old fence and building a new wooden fence. This also allowed us to open up the flower bed for a beautiful display of color and texture. Other elements of this outdoor living space was the addition of a small green wall that could be viewed from the kitchen door and a green wall of arbor vitae that helped to give him a feeling of privacy when entertaining. A two zone drip irrigation system allowed him to leave for weeks at a time without the worry of his investment be ruined by the heat wave.
FEEDING THE MASSES
The owners of Le Virtu restaurant wanted to produce their own herbs, but as with most urban settings, they didn't have a any available garden space to speak of. This is when Urban Jungle suggested taking the garden vertically. They had a good sized blank wall with a southern exposure, which made for an excellent condition for a sustainable garden that could be harvested on an as needed basis. Now the chef can clip a bowl full of parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme (not to mention lot's of basil and mint) for their daily meal preparation, which makes a huge difference in the taste of their gourmet Abruzzi dishes. This turns out to be the biggest working vertical garden in Philadelphia and it's the first of many steps towards a more sustainable business for Le Virtu owners, Kathy and Francis.