Palm 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Repetitive geometric shapes and colorful drought-tolerant landscaping are dominant features of this mid-century modern garden.