By Kathy Hudson
When it comes to landscape architects’ own gardens, some are like shoemakers’ shoes — untended. Their owners are too busy making other spaces beautiful. Not so with Catherine Mahan, founding partner of Mahan Rykiel; Stuart Ortel, principal and founder of Stone Hill Design; and Carol Macht, principal and founding partner of Hord Coplan Macht.
These well-respected Baltimore landscape architects have created gorgeous home gardens. Each is an extension of the house and in keeping with its architecture. Mahan’s jewel-box garden is in Stoneleigh, Ortel’s wraparound garden is in Roland Park, and Macht’s rolling landscape garden is in Ruxton.
Wrap Around Garden
Like the wraparound front porch of Stuart Ortel’s classic Roland Park shingle-and-clapboard home, his gardens wrap the property. Built in 1900, the Victorian has steep gables and pointed arches in a style known as carpenter-Gothic. Curvilinear gardens on the ¾-acre lot soften and encircle the house he and his partner, Scott Marker, an insurance executive, purchased in 2009.
“I wanted to create a relaxed and casual garden, nothing formal,” Ortel says. “The house is not formal; I wanted to respond to its architecture.”
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