25 Sep “I love the fact that people are going to discover things.”
“I love the fact that people
are going to discover things.”
Frank Liggett is a landscape architect who has worked closely with Beacon Street on several projects, including Fairview Row. Here he talks about his experiences bringing the grounds – and roof – of The Wade to life.
ON THE PROCESS
There is a part of what we do that is certainly intuitive and there is a part of it that is a lot of discussion, lots of research, looking at precedent and inspiration. Ultimately, the goal is to make it feel like the building and the landscape have both been there for a long time. It just feels right when it fits.
ON PASSION FOR DESIGN
Beacon Street is thoughtful about their projects. They ask questions. They challenge you. It is not typical to have your client’s passion for design match yours. That makes it very rewarding as a design person, to work with people who appreciate and care about design and understand how much effort goes into good design.
ON PAYING ATTENTION TO THE DETAILS
There is nothing on the site – whether it is walls or plants, or lighting – that we did not have quite a bit of discussion and debate about. With the rooftop terrace, we had a lot of discussion about the planters and the color palette, and the overall style and feel. It’s a very thoughtful process. You cannot just put topsoil on a planter and put plants in there on the roof, and hope it grows. There are so many different angles that go into making it work.
ON WORKING WITH THE SITE
With the existing landscape, we have the large oak trees in the northeast corner. Besides being beautiful trees, they provide a really nice sense of scale for the building. There was also a row of pines and cedars down the left side. We realized early on that they added a layer of privacy and a little buffer. So we worked them into the plan.
ON CREATING A THEME
On the other hand, there are all the things we brought to the site: traditional patterning to play off the building’s exterior; adding boxwoods and hollies and other plantings to create a very royal theme – and really a southern theme, with the whites and light greens and purples.
ON CREATING A HOME
It is not just about pulling into the garage and going to your room. A home is taking your dog out to the pocket park, or sitting on a bench reading a book. Or cutting flowers from the rose garden. Or just getting excited when you walk out the front door to look at the perennial gardens. It is all those little touches that make it not just a place to live, but a home.
ON PERENNIAL CHANGE
What I like about gardens is they are constantly changing, whether color or texture, fragrance, bloom. It is a different experience at The Wade in the spring than it is in the middle of the summer. I think it’s something that the residents will appreciate, too, because that is something they will get to enjoy and watch as it unfolds over time.
Join us for an open house this
Saturday, Sept. 26th from 10-12.