By Jan-Willem Blok
A feeling of house: The Gardens of Jan Blok offers an intimate travel via a few of South Africa's such a lot breathtaking inner most gardens, designed via one in all South Africa's most famed backyard designers, Jan Blok. The publication is a visible pride, showcasing quite a number backyard types that communicates the essence of undying layout. no matter if set inside a lush, well-wooded suburb or aloft an eleven-storey house block, each one backyard displays a superb feel of area. The architectural proportions and evocative use of color and texture are ideally fitted to the houses and existence of the folks who dwell in and luxuriate in those appealing gardens. This booklet will motivate garden-lovers worldwide.
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The slender bricks used in the construction of the pillars were especially commissioned by the developer for this project. OPPOSITE TOP A view from the gazebo across to the contemplative garden. CLIENT BRIEF To design a French-style garden in terms of the hard landscaping, at the same time using predominantly indigenous plants. A s this garden space is relatively small, its design relies on strong architectural features for impact. The garden lies on a horizontal axis, parallel to the home. An avenue of brick columns, mounted with timber beams, frames the small rectangular swimming pool.
Sculptural tree aloes, Aloe barbarae, flank the bench in the contemplative TOP Acacia siberiana shades the reflective garden with its view back towards the pool. Bark nuggets provide a soft, muted flooring to emphasise the quiet of this area. TOP RIGHT The stylishly furnished gazebo has dropdown reed blinds for protection from the wind. garden, underplanted with groups of Dietes bicolor, Strelitzia reginae and Asparagus densiflorus ‘Myers’. Mature indigenous olive trees, Olea europea subs. africana, with masses of orange-flowering Clivia miniata at their feet, cast welcome shade over the gazebo in summer.
Up here, storms rage more fiercely, the wind howls menacingly and the sun beats down hard. CLIENT BRIEF The client requested a practical, low-maintenance garden that would enhance his investment in this prestige apartment block. He also requested an entertainment area that was sheltered from the wind. indd 29 7/6/09 12:56:22 PM ABOVE AND OPPOSITE TOP LEFT The putting green is intersected by an arrow-shaped section of deck that draws the eye further into the garden. A single step up onto this platform causes a moment’s hesitation and a heady sense of anticipation.