ElDorado Springs, CO
The garden for this contemporary estate (with music studio) includes a complex of trellises, sculpted screens and gates as well as a labyrinth and climate-adapted plantings. Like many of Dakin’s projects, it expanded as the owners expanded their estate. Permaculture and ancient Chinese garden philosophies are used to maximize the utility of each design element in relation to the overall aesthetics and ecology of the site. Paths double as drainage streams and knit adjoining lots together. Geometry and formal elements harmonize with the softness and color of flowers and grasses. Landscaping creates a bridge between lodge-like architecture and the backdrop of the mountains beyond.