Mid Century Modern Gardens

I have just has a huge revelation.
I Love Mid Century modern. My current home is a 1940’s built bungalow in a woodsy setting in an apples and horse town in Yankee New England…and I have chosen to decorate it with a cross between mid mod and some sort of Moroccan international traveler sensibility…I can’t explain any of it.

Anyway, Design Mom is moving to Denver, my hometown, and she talked about ModMidMod a couple days ago and I had a revelation. The site is filled with Mid Modern architecture and other inspirations and it is almost all from my old Denver neighborhoods. I never realized this personal influence until now…for much of my life I have been surrounded by beautiful examples of mid mod arch and design without knowing it. How could that be? Well it explains a lot. So funny to not notice your surroundings until you see it through someone else’s eyes/blog. Anyway, I am so inspired…I want to share some of my mid century modern garden styling ideas that have been flowing for the last day or so.

mid century retro garden inspiration

pictures from ModMidMod“, and flickr here and here.

And here is a bit more….

mid mod garden inspiration

1. Pom Poms, 2. Garden 2, 3. Curb-shopped patio chair, 4. i want those chairs

You know how decorative concrete block was kind of ubiquitous?  Cheap, Stackable, and in all sorts of shape and patterns….does anyone know a good source for decorative concrete blocks?  I would love to start using them again.

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.
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  1. louise garwood on April 11, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Please see the works of James C Rose
    Innovative use of crazy materials to create modern outdoor spaces (gardens)
    Maverick who opposed the Beaux Arts design trends of his days at Harvard School of Design (1940)
    Use of local materials, sculptural landform, innovative response to site conditions- really cool ‘modernist’ theory in action . Read his books theyre so wry.

  2. louise garwood on May 19, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    I meant to leave this link on mid century modern gardens on this post
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/157738100/

  3. Vegas Ali on July 13, 2009 at 1:56 am

    Try this site for info on decorative block.
    This is a fun mid mod site as well.

  4. Greg on January 6, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Yes, I love it. BRAVO -When can I move in?

  5. jil casey on April 14, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Great blog! Love everything you’ve shown. I did a posting on outdoor decor and used your picture with the bullet planter, chairs etc. Full credit was given to you with a link back to your blog.

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