Traditional Gardens in Montecito
the old McCormick Rivenrock Estate
Both of these residences are on the former famed McCormick Estate in Montecito. The house on Rivenrock was once the theatre on the estate, the Rockbridge house was the Stone Mason Work Shop. Wonderful old Oak trees abound in both gardens! The client on Rivenrock does a great deal of entertaining, so our task was to supply open spaces for dining and games (see Before & After in Portfolio 2). When we began the Rockbridge design, the property was overgrown with ivy and Agaves. A big plus is a marvelous stream running adjacent to the gardens. The owner at Rockbridge wanted a secluded garden with ‘rooms’ at the various terraced levels (see Before & After and the Seasons Magazine article in Profile/Feature Articles). Both clients asked for a traditional garden palette with a good deal of color throughout the year.