Casa de Campo
Altadena, California 2002



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Casa de Campo Altadena, California 2002:

When Glen Hampton garden designs was contacted in 2000 and asked to design the gardens for this residence, it was a 1950's stucco box on a non-descript private street corner. Luckily it was located at the terminus of a T-intersection with a historical street lined with small Mediterranean style casas built in the nineteen-twenties. These casas became the inspiration for Architect Michael D. Robey's transformation of the stucco box into the Casa de Campo as it appears today.


Landscape Designer Glen Hampton created the Mediterranean gardens to compliment Robey's architectural design. A tiled staircase entrance leads up through plantings of cactus, succulents, native plants and olive trees... past a rustic rose garden overrun with Lantana and Rosemary to antique entry gates. The courtyard continues the wild plantings and incorporates a small fountain.


Rounding the corner into the side garden you come upon a lawn area bordered by a wall lined with Loquat trees and espalier pear and apple trees. An iron bench with small fountain and a decorative mirror reflecting the garden are tucked into a secluded spot behind the patio fireplace.


The clients had spoken to other landscape designers who had informed them that their backyard was too small for a swimming pool. However Glen had a vision for a Mediterranean styled pool that would become the rear garden's focal point, and fit perfectly into the setting. The small 16x22 foot swimming pool incorporates an alcove wall fountain, pouring into a glass mosaic tiled basin, through a Moorish styled rill, flowing into a tiled spa, and cascading into the pool. The raised wall fountain and terrace at the back of the pool adds depth to the garden.


A patio runs across the rear of the residence with a welcoming outdoor fireplace as its focal point. Because of the North exposure Glen chose to provide shade by designing a beamed pergola structure with a series of vellum awnings that provide shelter from the hot California sun in summer, but can be left open to let natural light flow into the residence on cloudy days. Because the clients had sensitive skin, but loved to swim, Glen designed a 12x36 foot vellum awning to glide closed with the touch of a button, providing shade over the pools swimming lane.


The Casa's architecture and Mediterranean gardens combine to provide the perfect termination to the casa lined street. Landscape Designer Glen Hampton considers the greatest compliment, to his and Architect Michael Robey's achievements, to be the fact that many people have commented that the Casa de Campo looks like it was constructed at the same time as the 1920's residences lining this historical Altadena street.



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