Many may know that two years ago, Little and Lewis sold their garden of eighteen years and moved next door to begin anew. Like the former property, the new garden sits on about a third of an acre in a residential neighborhood, and is once again an exotic oasis surrounded by tall fir trees. The dappled light-filled garden features tropicals and interesting architectural potted plants grouped around a stone-paved courtyard. An eight-and-half foot moss covered rain tree creates the lyrical sound of water and a forty-five year old Japanese maple presides over an abundance of sculptures found throughout. The whole garden has the feel of one of the ancient sites of which George and David are so fond, although, except for the established trees, the garden is only about ten months old.
George and David Lewis, partners in Little and Lewis, have been collaborating on their unique concrete sculptures since early 1992. They travel frequently to Mexico absorbing the light, color and architecture that so influence their work. Many people from all over the world annually visit their internationally known garden-gallery, one of the most photographed in the country. Their beautiful color-washed concrete sculptures and installations have been widely photographed and can be seen in many books, magazines and on television, including Martha Stewart Living, The Victory Garden, and House and Garden Television. Their work has been placed in private and public gardens and homes across the United States and other countries. Their first book, A Garden Gallery: The Plants Art and Hardscape of Little and Lewis published by Timber Press has become a runaway “bestseller” in the gardening world, winner of a silver medal from the Garden Writer’s of America and is already in its fourth printing.
To get a preview, visit their website: www.littleandlewis.com
Jewel-tone colors of stained glass are the inspiration for this year’s Flower Carpet event at Biltmore, set for Aug. 20 through Sept. 12, on the South Terrace of Biltmore House.
Biltmore’s third annual Flower Carpet – made up of more than 100,000 plants – takes its shape and color from a set of 1880s stained glass windows created by innovative artist and interior designer John La Farge. These windows, part of George Vanderbilt’s vast art collection, are now on display at Biltmore’s new Antler Hill Village.
Unlike traditional stained glass artists whose works were flat and conservative, La Farge incorporated three-dimensional elements and layers of complex plating to provide depth. This revolutionary style allowed for the rounded and faceted glass to form sparkle-like jewels. Biltmore’s Travis Murray, crew leader of the Walled Garden, created the magnificent design for this year’s Flower Carpet.
Plant selections have been chosen to glow in shades of red, orange, blue, yellow and grey throughout the 14,400 square-foot design. These include Iresine Purple Lady; Marigold Janie Tangerine; Coleus Dark Star fading into Angelonia’s from dark purple, lavender to white; Marigold Janie Bright Yellow; Zinnia Profusion White; Euphorbia Diamond Frost and Zinnia Angustifolia Star White; Begonia Prelude Rose and Harmony Scarlet.
On select evenings, the estate will be open for Flower Carpet Evenings. Soft lighting, beautiful sunset views and live jazz music create a special ambiance for viewing the carpet. Picnic options will be available by reservation online or by phone when purchasing tickets. Wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase on site. A dining concierge will be stationed at the event to assist with dinner reservations at Bistro, Arbor Grill or The Dining Room.
The Biltmore is George Vanderbilt’s 8,000-acre estate. Mr. Vanderbilt created Biltmore as an escape from everyday life. Now, his descendants invite you to enjoy his legacy of hospitality. Your admission includes self-guided tours of the breathtaking Biltmore House & Gardens and the new Antler Hill Village—featuring theWinery, The Biltmore Legacy, and Village Green.
For additional information on the Flower Carpet event, please call 877-BILTMORE or visit www.biltmore.com.