The potential of the lower rear yard is realized in this transformation that preserves some of the original trees while adding new border plantings, a folly in the classic Greek style, and a retaining wall with enclosed raised beds. The stairway leads to the second section of the lower yard where a courtyard, fireplace and greenhouse share an outdoor entertainment space with a two story pavilion.
Situated at the edge of the property in the lower yard, the small Greek temple offers an impressive view of the open lower yard (ideal for tent events and cocktail parties), the enclosed courtyard and the upper pavilion which is obscured here by the temple’s dome.
The garden folly in this Zen backyard is an open-air structure fabricated and carved from solid reclaimed teak. The pyramid roof is finished with copper fish-tail shingles, and teak steps lead to the pool. The gorgeous tropical paradise features lounge chair seating padded with layers of cushion. Tropical plants frame the area, creating privacy.
The folly is an open-air structure fabricated and carved from solid reclaimed teak. Hand-carved Balinese ornamental corbels highlight the 14" square solid teak corner posts. The rich wood color shines against the concrete foundation, steps and the surrounding plant life.
The beautiful wood folly is the focal point at one end of the pool, with rows of fountain jets arching over the pool leading to it. The fountains create calming white noise to ensure this garden-framed pool oasis is completely relaxing. The evening setting allows the underwater lights and pergola lighting to shine in the garden.
Designer Alexa Hampton’s living room, called “Olympia Folly,” exudes neoclassicist style with fabric-draped walls and a ceiling painted by Chuck Fischer to look as if it was tented. She merged rich fabrics and patterns, including animal skin, along with temple artwork, a Klismos chair and even a Roman helmet. The room was in the 2018 Kips Bay Decorator Show House in New York City.
A different photographic angle allows you to see the other side of the courtyard’s stone wall (at an earlier phase) and the lush green lawn which runs along the border and curves around to the far corner of the lot which is marked by an enticing garden folly (the mini-Greek temple).
Try your hand at planting swaths of daffodils that naturalize or spread on their own. Naturalizing bulbs multiply over time to create stunning displays. Companies sell daffodil varieties known for naturalizing, although different types do better in different regions. Some reliable naturalizers include ‘Fortune,’ ‘Ice Follies’ and ‘Dutch Master.’