If there was ever a time for a fantastic outdoor setup at home, this is it. During the pandemic, people have been flocking to porches, front yards, and backyards while dreaming of creating something extra special like this garden space that truly delivers on every front.
Garden designer Peter Falkner took a completely blank canvas and transformed it into a multi-purpose, magical place. His clients, Lindsey and Doug Hene, had previously experienced a house fire and had stayed at a place with a pool while rebuilding their home. After that, the couple agreed they also needed a pool. And when they decided to go all in to include a structured garden and outdoor living spaces on their sizeable property, they called on Peter who is a relative of Lindsey’s.
“We live on two-and-a-half acres in Milton, Georgia, and we had really done nothing in the back. There was a little bit of green which we called ‘volunteer’ grass,” laughs Lindsey. “We wanted to be able to live outside, and I wanted a more formal space with a nod to English gardens.”
“We approached the backyard much like a floor plan by creating spaces for various activities,” says Peter. “Then we included user-friendly and attractive transitional spaces to guide you around the garden to the dining terrace, swimming pool, and other areas.” And since Lindsey is an interior designer (a partner in Elle and Vreeland Design House), Peter made sure that the outside structures take cues from the beautiful interiors she has created, unifying the whole in a beautiful and welcoming presentation.
Garden design and construction: Peter Falkner, Falkner Gardens, 205.447.1069, falknergardens.com; Design participation by interior designer Lindsey Hene of Elle and Vreeland Design House, 470.709.4146, elleandvreeland.com. Outdoor kitchen builder: Daniel Harper of Renew Properties LLC, 404.435.0644, renewpropertiesllc.com.