Niemeyer garden

Nancy Niemeyer’s garden

Clayton

Lot size: 3,000 sq. ft. front garden, 100% native

Garden Age: Garden was installed in spring 2016

Years on the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour: 2

Showcase Feature
Nancy is passionate about both nature and archaeology; these interests intertwined in the development of the garden she designed and installed, which was modeled on ancient Roman gardens. The rectangular courtyard, planted with a riot of colorful natives, leads past art pieces, such as the captivating sculpture of a woman with flowing robes and thick, wavy hair; a black-on-white geometric patterned mosaic (designed and created by Nancy); a fountain; and pedestals that both frame the garden beds and function as seats. The plants in the wide, densely planted beds were installed in choreographed, semi-formal groups in order to create a sense of symmetry in this collector’s garden, which contains more than one hundred varieties of native plants.

Other Garden Attractions 14
• The fluted fountain provides water for wildlife.
• The beautiful garden nymph sculpture faces the street, to provide enjoyment for passersby.
• Check out the photographs of the frescoes found on the walls, and mosaics found on the floors, of excavated Roman buildings; these guided Nancy as she designed her garden.
• This garden was, until recently, a large lawn; water use in the front yard has dropped by 75% since the lawn was removed.
• After strolling down the paved paths, take a seat in the shade of the porch and enjoy this delicious combination of art and nature; you won’t want to leave.

Gardening for Wildlife
Native bees, ladybugs, butterflies, finches, and quail have been seen in the garden. Rock piles provide homes for fence and alligator lizards.

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