InSitu garden captures essence of Connecticut landscape

| 10 : 00 – 23 January 2018 |

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InSitu garden spread in spread in 8-acres is a country formal estate garden in Redding, Connecticut designed by Land Morphology.

Captivating one’s breath, the stunning garden designed by renowned landscape designer Richard Hartlage is the result of 12 years of collective efforts with the owner. Built using local vernacular materials and details, the mesmerizing green space has an expansive range of plantings, grass, water bodies with art installations. Such is the beauty of the garden, that it continues to surprise its owners even today !

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Wisteria covered arbors.       Photo – © Rob Cardillo Photography

From the Architects – 

InSitu Garden is a formal garden featuring local vernacular construction materials and details. Eight acres of rolling terrain has been divided into a dozen and half garden rooms. The approach to the property is through a tree-lined lane into a red gravel-surfaced parking court with a central medallion of the cardinal points.

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Site landscape plan.   Image credit – Land Morphology

The main living terraces step down from the house to a large lawn designed for entertaining. Features in the living spaces include a wisteria-covered rustic arbor, water feature, and dining terrace that is shaded by a 75-year-old copper beech tree. The outdoor kitchen and pizza oven are concealed behind a large-scale outdoor fire-place.

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The view across the meadow to the main living terraces.      Photo – © Rob Cardillo Photography

Sunken garden, pool and fountain in InSitu garden – 

A symmetrically organized sunken garden with sentinels of upright beech trees under-planted with roses is visible from the auto court, house and living terraces.

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Aerial of pool house alongside the swimming pool.      Photo – © Rob Cardillo Photography

The swimming pool and formal fountain garden are set in a picturesque landscape planted with meadows, woodland gardens, and lawns. Each garden room offers expansive vistas through the garden and to the distant hills.

Eight water features act as focal points to various spaces, and a collection of figurative art is used to great effect in the landscape.

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Pool house overlooking the swimming pool.      Photo – © Rob Cardillo Photography


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Detail of water feature.      Photo – © Land Morphology

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Blue stone pavers leading to metal-clad observation deck.      Photo – © Land Morphology

Local materials and craftsmanship –

All walls are built using stone from the site. Locally cut and milled white oak has been used for each of the arbors. Bluestone was sourced from a quarry site within 75 miles from the garden.

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Stone amongst Cassian fountain grass.       Photo – © Rob Cardillo Photography

Local craftspeople were used for construction to emphasize sustainable development strategies. A clear emphasis on the native plants provides environmental resiliency and allows the garden to fit beautifully into the Connecticut countryside.

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Vernacular-styled pergolas.      Photo – © Rob Cardillo Photography

The garden was designed to reflect a simple design motif that fits well into its surroundings. Its contemplative and beautiful character provides formal entertaining space and respite from life in New York City.

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Stunning meadows.       Photos – © Takacs Photography

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Interactive artwork of 3 semicircular mirror installation.       Photo – © Land Morphology

Overview of InSitu garden – 

InSitu garden integrates landscape structures, rich plantings, and art to create a spiritually and emotionally inspiring garden. Eight water features, an outdoor kitchen, recreational facilities, arbors, walls, portals, terraces, and walks create a comprehensive palette of site structures.

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Stone gateway with circular opening and hanging planters.      Photo – © Rob Cardillo Photography

The garden was designed by Richard Hartlage in phases, over an eight-year period. The walls are built of stone from the site, the white oak and blue stone are from local sources for sustainability, and plantings are more than 75% native. We continue to review design intent and maintenance to assure an impeccably managed garden that has been called one of the most significant gardens in Connecticut.

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Circular steel sculpure near the reflective pool.      Photo – © Rob Cardillo Photography

“… [At In Situ] we tried to capture the essence of the Connecticut landscape by using locally available materials and plants native to the northeast, this create a profound unity in the garden while creating a place that speaks to the unique beauty of the region.” – Richard Hartlage

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Garden structure among the colorful meadows.       Photo – © Rob Cardillo Photography

“The eight acres of InSitu are designed into a series of garden rooms that are harmonious with a spiritual quality that inspires the visitor to relax and form a deeper connection to the land.” – Richard Hartlage

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An engaging sculpture in the lawns.      Photo – © Rob Cardillo Photography(Also image 1, 2)


Project details – 


Project Name – InSitu estate garden

Location – 73 Diamond Hill Road, Redding, Connecticut, United States

Landscape Architects – Land Morphology |

Lead Architects – Richard Hartlage

Design team – Renee Freier, Adrian Coerver

Project type – Landscape design, Estate garden

Area – 8 acres

Photography Credits – © Rob Cardillo Photography, © Takacs Photography, © Land Morphology

Contractors –

General – Kuczo Tree and Lawn Care | Stone – Pilato Brothers Stone

Carpentry – Summit Remodeling | Pinto Pools | Chestnut Electric | Summer Rain Irrigation and Lighting

Suppliers – 

Trees – Rivendell Nursery | Ornamental Grasses – Kurt Blumel | Meadow Plants – North Creek Nursery

Perennials – Sunny Border

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