The home and office of A J Miller Landscape Architecture is situated atop a hill in the Eastwood neighborhood of Syracuse, New York. Built in the 1911 during the Arts & Crafts period, the home is considered an American Foursquare Colonial. The elevated placement of the house provides an ideal setting for a French parterre garden, a landscape meant to link the architecture of the home with its gardens by promoting a visual dialog between the natural and built environment. Drawing from the Arts & Crafts design philosophy of the house, the Foursquare pattern of the garden echoes the motif of stained glass windows overlooking the parterre. Boxwoods frame the focal point of the garden: a limestone fountain whose bubbling, clear water is a favorite drinking spot for songbirds. In the summer this water feature is the life of the garden. The garden’s color palette is composed of purples, whites, yellows, silvers, and blacks; a delightful contrast with the home’s yellow exterior and grey roof.
The rear garden is a shade garden facing North, many shade plants surround a gravel terrace. A clump Bamboo grove is on two sides this provided shelter from prevailing winds and provides seclusion for a sectional seating area around a copper fire pit.