Outdoor Living: Elegant Downtown Courtyard Garden

A compact garden is the ultimate rewarding puzzle. Every inch counts, and strategic division can actually make a small space feel bigger. Such is the case for this classic garden in the heart of Greenville.

The property, with its venerable Charlestonian brick house, meant that the garden needed to reflect that same highly tailored elegance. But it also needed to be set up for entertaining, protected from the street yet highly sociable on the inside.

The original bones of the garden were designed for one owner in 2014. Then when a young family moved in, the team revisited the garden and evaluated it according to the needs and desires of its new owners. Within the footprint of the original, the copper and iron dining pavilion was added, the parking area renovated, and a quatrefoil pool was nested around the original fountain.

The dining pavilion, terrace and pool are all enclosed within a brick wall, creating one large outdoor “room” equipped for multiseason gathering and entertaining.

Landscape Architect/Designer | DabneyCollins
Photographer | Aaron Greene

Judges’ Comments | This charming space feels like a true garden you could spend hours in. It’s very classic, but also provides moments of discovery as you wander throughout.

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