A Mid Mod Mad Men Garden

retro mid-mod mad men gardne lounge www.pithandvigor.com

This plan is really great.  I really *really* want to jump right in and cozy up next to that garden fire with a glass of wine.

It was designed by modern ‘Mad Men’ man and landscape architect Ted Cleary.  It’s retro vibe is certainly adding to its sex appeal don’t you think?

retro mid-mod mad men gardne lounge www.pithandvigor.com

There are lots of ideas to steal from this garden.  Here is my list of favorites:

1) Color Blocks can work in the Garden (loving the mustard, china blue and terracotta)

2) Think about softening the hardscaping with planting between the pavers as you go into a hardscaping corner, rather than just as you go away from it.  When you are spreading out, the effect blends and bridges, but in the corner, I find it to be surprising, lightening and softening.

3) **Love** the mantel-table water feature.

4) The layout is very ‘open plan living’ inspired.  I can almost see this layout inside a house just as easily as it sits outside.  It has me thinking about taking layout inspiration from inside architecture.

What do you notice that sparks you?

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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.


  1. weed control on February 10, 2011 at 9:53 am

    That is pretty cool. Just think – wine and food near the lawn next to an open fire. Bliss.

  2. Jim/ArtofGardening.org on February 10, 2011 at 8:06 am

    This is my ideal!

  3. rochelle on February 10, 2011 at 8:23 am

    what do you mean jim?

  4. Jayme on February 10, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Goodness! I love this garden seating area, especially the water fall spilling onto the table.

  5. Jim/ArtofGardening.org on February 11, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    This would be the ultimate design for me — had I the budget to carry it off. Fire, water, plants, table, bar, color, texture, sound, built-in sofa. Being an urban gardener it uses little space. All it needs is a sound system and an integrated spa and I’d never leave it. I want a gin & tonic there.

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