EASTERLING GARDEN • Charlottesville, Virginia



Wildflowers. Crushed stone. Long stone edges. Earthen mound. Garden pavilion.

This simple residential garden was designed to make big impacts with inexpensive means. Inserted between the house and its side fence, the garden fills an empty space with a burst of wildflowers from April to October. Its central path doubles as a bocce ball court. The tower is a both a play structure and a garden pavilion. Its ground level has been dubbed a ‘hotel’ by the family’s children. The family suns and lunches on the second level--and slides down when they are finished. The earthen mound beyond reinforces the long garden axis. Its height corresponds to the pavilion’s second level, enabling it to act as both lookout and play hill.

Pavilion design by architect John Easterling.




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