Four Landscape Projects That Prove We Live in Paradise

We are thankful to Sarasota Magazine for featuring our Roberts Bay residence in their April 2014 issue, showcasing four unique landscapes in Sarasota. Our portion of the article follows here.

Michael Gilkey and Gavin Cain, landscape architects, Michael A. Gilkey, Inc.

THE PROJECT: A remodeled canal-front home on Siesta Key’s Jungle Plum Road, owned by a young professional couple.

FIRST IMPRESSION: At the front entry, a colonnade of feathery Veitchia palms creates a canopy over the ipe wood deck. “The owners wanted a Balinese-inspired property, so we took up the pebblecrete driveway and created what seems like a river of mondo grass under this beautiful wood deck,” says Gilkey. “In Bali, we’d be walking over water [to reach the front door]. Here, because of the [existing] live oaks, it didn’t make sense to have a koi pond.” Instead, a blue ceramic fountain provides pleasant white noise.

REAR VIEW: In the back yard, to give the homeowners privacy but retain their long views down the canal, the landscape architects raised the grade to match the pool deck, then created a boulder revetment and garden that meanders along the seawall.

April 2, 2014
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