Cherokee Park West

Type: Single Family Residence
Location: Sarasota, FL
Year Completed: 2008

The design concept for this Sarasota residential landscape was to extend the architecture by creating a series of intimate spaces within a unified exterior composition. Designed in collaboration with Jonathan Parks Architect, each space is artfully defined using architectural and landscape elements, unifying the composition through form, repetition, views, and materials. Just as the courtyard architecture brings the outdoors in, the landscape extends the interior and mimics the architecture in both style and function.

Great care and ecological sensitivity were displayed by selecting a Florida Friendly plant palette, consisting of drought tolerant plants and limited turf. Waterwise irrigation practices were implemented, matching precipitation rates of a low volume system, ensuring maximum efficiency. Native aggregate and groundcover were used throughout the property, as was responsible grading and drainage with on site water storage.

The Cherokee Park West residence integrated landscape architecture, architecture, interior design and client involvement, to successfully create an extension of the interior spaces through the gardens of this Moroccan-inspired home.  Michael A. Gilkey, Inc. was honored to receive an Award of Honor from the Florida chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects for this project.