ASLA's top Award of Excellence for 2014 in the Residential Category went to Jeffrey Carbo Landscape Architects in Louisiana for a project in Caddo Parrish. The five acre property consisted mainly of wooded slopes of pine and native hardwoods, and one objective was to preserve views of the residence through the forest.
The clients had spent summers in the Cotswalds, in England, and wanted features reminiscent of the area, so the landscape architect complied, with low stone walls, architectural and site details of limestone rip-rap, which gave the elements a more local vocabulary.
The project includes lawn terraces where children can play, a plank bridge of milled cypress logs, a rear rain garden, and an elevated entry drive to preserve tree canopies. Native plants are used throughout the site.
The jury concluded that the project was "subtle and beautifully done," with an "elegant use of native plants" that balances design and nature.
More photos at the ASLA Awards site here.
And more of the awards to be featured in later posts.