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Considering the fact that all ornamental plant species in this intimate beach community floated over the Great South Bay on a barge or ferry to settle into their new homes, Fire Island Pines features some stunning private gardens. One of my favorites sits at the corner of Ocean and Tarpon Walk. This floriferous garden is filled with a divine mixture of perennials which saturate the front of the house with a bouquet of living color all summer long.

Fire Island Garden at Ocean and Tarpon Walk

Velvety Gladiolas in deep magenta mixed with a top performing annual, Verbena bonariensis, was a successful and unusual combination I found in the garden this past weekend. Patches of Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage), Cotinus coggygria (Smokebush), Rudbeckia fulgida (Black-eyed Susan), Monarda didyma (Bee Balm) and Buddleia davidii (Butterfly Bush) grace this garden with a rainbow of hues.

A Bouquet of Living Color

Deer Fences are Necessary for Any Garden on Fire Island

Complete with a separate rose garden and deer fence to keep out hungry critters, this garden is a labor of love. It is well worth a trip to walk by this garden throughout the season to see what’s in bloom. The house and the owners are just as beautiful as this patch of land they curate.

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I was captivated when I read about the world’s largest cruise ship and how it has  a horticulturist on staff. With close to 100 plants species on board, this novel idea is taking gardening to the next level. Though I have yet to experience this park for myself, the images from Royal Caribbean’s website show a very manicured, well designed oasis on this 16 deck beast.

"Central Park" on the Allure Cruise Ship

"Central Park" at Night

                                                                   

 The funny thing about this floating garden on the Allure cruise ship is that it has  a lot of similarities to courtyard gardens built in New York City. The 505 development right here in Hell’s Kitchen has a comparable courtyard completely surrounded by buildings with balconies facing the garden. The important thing to consider in a courtyard design like this is to develop a sense of height within the structure of the landscape. Pergolas, trellises, fencing and other features (both evident in the Allure Cruise Ship and The 505) help stretch the garden vertically so you don’t have the feeling of being enclosed in a canyon.

The Modern Courtyard of the 505 in Hell's Kitchen

 Read the fascinating article in the NYT by Toni Schlesinger: http://travel.nytimes.com/2011/02/13/travel/13allure.html

Check out more pictures of the Allure cruise ship: http://www.allureoftheseas.com/image.php?ship=allure

Visit the 505 condo website for more images of this new Hell’s Kitchen residence: http://the505hk.com/

       

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