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The Joy of the Outdoors


Three diverse landscape and garden projects prove that there’s no one right way to revel in the joys of the outdoors.

At first glance, this expansive Nantucket property had everything its new owners needed. Still, a bit of tweaking was in order. The pool sat in a sunken area tucked between the home and the pool house, leaving no space at the rear of the house for the outdoor kitchen and spa the couple wanted. Front landscaping consisted of little more than a shell driveway and a lawn. Landscape architect Gregory Lombardi took a critical eye to the whole parcel—“We thought, how many interesting things can we get to happen on this site?” he says—and devised a radical new plan. The front now sports a lovely terraced garden, laid out in a somewhat formal style with walkways of grass and stone and softened with graceful ornamental grasses and fragrant clusters of lavender. In back, Lombardi swapped out the pool for a swath of lawn. The new zero-edge pool nearby has a section that’s just six inches deep so the grownups can lounge in cool comfort while the kids splash and frolic. Not far from the pool, where the lawn gives way to the natural environment, Lombardi installed a fire pit carved out of a huge piece of granite. He also expanded the wooden terrace at the back of the main house to make room for an outdoor kitchen and dining area as well as the spa. And a stunning water feature that incorporates an antique stone trough now graces the path from the parking court to the back door.

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