Looking into Ryan Gainey's Garden in the Lenox Park Neighborhood in East Atlanta
Here are some of Ryan's thoughts about his own garden, that he calls "The Garden of Poetry and Prose":
"My garden is a cottage garden as befits the architecture and history of the turn-of–the-last century bungalow which is its center and its anchor. In the 23 years I’ve owned this property, the garden spaces have evolved into a series of rooms that relate to the house, and to each other.
·The Front Garden
·The Visitor’s Garden
·The Dry Wall and Folly
·The Temple Garden
·The Rose Arbor
When people see the variety of garden pictures I’ve created here, they think the garden must be five acres big. In truth, it is not even an acre. Visitors are overcome with the complexity, but truly it is a series of pictures that take every advantage of the space and the site.
It is a cottage garden, but one with roots in all of garden history. Its design structure is formal, with its roots in the Renaissance, one of the most influential periods of all history. Look at how the Italians laid out their gardens with patterns and integrated them into the agrarian landscape with their orangeries and outbuildings. Look at their inclusion of ruins and their interest in mythological characters, the themes they display in sculpture and their use of water. Being a student of all that, I have developed a garden that is a reflection of my passion. I have my temple. I have my folly. I have my orangerie which is my glass house. I have patterns in boxwood, patterns in stonework. I have views and overlooks and water.
The entire garden is perhaps 150’ by 150’, a small enough space for the eight garden rooms listed above, plus the connecting passageways and spaces and arbors that transition from one distinctive area to another. Each garden room is distinctive from the other by virtue of its architectural features, its use of plant material and architectural material. And yet they are compatible. The garden flows and moves. "