Matthews Project

This 5 acre estate bordering Kennesaw Mountain Park was an architectural endeavor that required a strong support garden so transitions from home to garden were detailed with the like materials. Greg designed hardscape features that married the home to the garden and created a series of outdoor ‘rooms’ that manages the large space. Construction details include intricate brick lattice walls to shield service areas, a heavy timber pergola to shade the elevated spa level and a dramatic stone inlay motor court and formal gardens to greet guest. The rear garden was divided into 3 areas with the swimming pool courtyard in the center. A cross axis parallel with the home and centered on the pool links the other garden rooms, a formal vegetable garden at the east end and a lawn with flower border opposite. The vegetable garden features a corner tool-potting shed with a restroom and plenty of work space.

Plantings were kept simple with numerous big tree plantings to provide immediate scale to this dramatic home. Garden Architects crew planted 26 foot Deodar Cedars and several other large trees around the home and grounds. The plantings around the home are formal but as the garden transitions outward the palette loosens and blends with the natural environment. Greg’s early influence by Andrew Jackson Downing and the Edwin Lutyens – Gertrude Jekyll partnership are evident in this garden.