You can see the edge of the main house at right, then the pergola, which leads to the conservatory, guest house (on one side) and stables (on the other). Visit the website for a better idea.
If I were a landscape designer, I would not want Frank Lloyd Wright as a client. Not that it’s too likely. First, he’s dead, and second, I believe he designed all his own grounds: he was full-service that way.
But in a sense, that is who the curators and administrators of the Darwin Martin estate in Buffalo are working for as they continue their restoration of this 30,000-feet campus that Wright called “my opus.” I was there today, as the new visitor’s center, designed by Toshiko Mori, was unveiled to the media—it is very nice in a properly airy and understated fashion (the best idea you’ll get of it is on the Martin site)—but what caught my attention was the clear view of the empty gardens I now had. Nothing is there yet, but you can see the structure. I was also surprised to see that a greenhouse (unwanted by Wright who had already done a conservatory, but built against his wishes by the Martins, then demolished) was among the rebuilt structures. “It’s a long story,” said one of the curators when I asked about this. “I’ll tell you later.”
What will happen in these spaces? I haven’t a clue but am very eager to follow up. It’s not a huge amount of space, but there is clearly room to do something interesting. Though I am sure nothing that would greatly obscure the architecture will be installed. I know these guys. They’re not that crazy about gardens.
ADDENDUM: Jim/Art of Gardening corrects that the new greenhouse does not replicate the old one. (But concurs that it was not what FLW wanted.)Posted by Elizabeth Licata on March 12, 2009 at 11:14 am, in the category Real Gardens, Unusually Clever People.