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A Private Orchard Garden in Las Vegas

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entry to rear garden italian cypress

A formal parterre and flanking cypress delineate the area between the private inner courtyard and the large rear orchard garden.

This formal Orchard Garden in Las Vegas, Nevada was designed by the owners, Victoria and Dennis Morgan.  An orchard of pistachios, almonds and pecans was planted soon after they purchased the property in the late 1980s.  Until  that time the land was used for stables.  The symmetry of the orchard led to the design of a formal rear garden with a distinctive Southwestern influence.  To one side of the property a semi-wild looking desert garden thrives.   

pampas grass fountain

A "fountain" of drought tolerant Pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana) is at the center of the circular drive at the front of the home.

blue garden urn

Tall blue urns flank the hidden entry to the home. Climbing ficus makes its way up the wall beneath the California Pepper tree. The owner-designer decided to create color in the garden by use of tiles, furniture and ornaments.  There are few blooming flowers with the exception of gold lantana.

fountain in garden center

At the heart of the orchard garden is a fountain encircled by tile paving designed by the owner, Victoria Morgan.  This view looks toward the rear of the property where a pergola stretches across the property.  

tiles around fountain

A closer look at the tiles surrounding the fountain. Gold lantana, which requires little attention and little water is one of the few flowering ornamentals.

garden lamp and bench

A lamp designed by Victoria Morgan casts light on the orchard's trees and pathways when night falls.  The desert climate dries out teak furniture, so the decision was made to paint all outdoor benches and chairs.

desert willow and agaves

Early morning light floods into the desert garden adjacent to the drive. This area is allowed to have a  wilder look than the formal garden nearer the house. A desert willow, native of the Mojave desert, is surrounded by agaves.  This part of the garden is not irrigated; it survives only with the water that falls from the sky.

Our Thanks to Victoria and Dennis Morgan for allowing us to photograph their exceptionally beautiful garden.    They have since moved and now this extraordinary garden--utterly ideal for hot dry climates--no longer exists in the state shown in these photos.

Designer: Victoria Morgan.


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