A Gar­den Re­designed

Old House Journal - - Success! -

The build­ing is in Mont­gomery’s his­toric Gar­den District, a for­mer sub­urb de­vel­oped at the turn of the 20th cen­tury. But the yard the cou­ple in­her­ited, about .3 acre, con­sisted of a for­mer mu­nic­i­pal park­ing lot, a block wall, and rub­ble.

For their new back­yard, owner and land­scape de­signer Mark Mon­toya used sal­vaged bricks and rub­ble­stone to cre­ate a quiet gar­den with the ro­mance of a Ro­man ruin.

Var­i­ous sculp­tures, a work­ing foun­tain, and sea­sonal gar­dens planted in wood and clay con­tain­ers furnish a se­ries of sep­a­rate gar­den rooms. The brick wall sug­gests the re­mains of a gar­den folly.

“Since they res­cued it, the fire­house has blos­somed, lit­er­ally and fig­u­ra­tively,” says the cou­ple’s friend Mary Ann Nee­ley, for­mer ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Land­marks Foun­da­tion.

ABOVE Owner Mark Mon­toya, a land­scape de­signer, cre­ated a se­ries of pri­vate gar­den rooms in what had once been a stark mu­nic­i­pal lot. LEFT Like the pole in­side, the alarm box re­mains.BE­LOW Tex­ture and patina come from nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als and the use of sal­vaged items.

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