Summer splendor at Pike & Rose, North Bethesda, Maryland
Clinton & Associates designs landscapes hallmarked by intricate and thoughtful attention to detail and sensitivity to site-specific conditions, with innovative and inspired design solutions that suit the particular needs of each site and client. Of importance is the integration of human-articulated designs into the natural landscape, capturing the spirit of each place while gently inserting designed uses. All of this overlaid with exquisite, dramatic planting designs that capture the seasons, site furnishings, and artistic decorations.
A secluded home in the rolling hills of northern New Hampshire provides entertainment and solitude for a retired couple and their extended family. Prominent views of nearby mountain ranges guided the orientation of the new home on this naturally sloping, rocky site. The comprehensive master plan includes an entry drive meandering through woodland and meadow before passage along a series of leading stone walls to the home’s formal entry forecourt.
The rear garden provides for entertainment and gathering, including dinning, cooking, play, and resting by the fire. Acres of restored meadow and grassland extend beyond the developed landscape. Porous paving, geothermal wells, and other sustainable approaches are utilized in the design of this naturalized landscape.
American Society of Landscape Architects Maryland Chapter | Honor Award 2014
Perennial Plant Association | Honor Award 2014
HGTV Ultimate Outdoor Awards | Editors Choice Award 2016
District Wharf - Washington, DC
"The Wharf reestablishes Washington, DC, as a waterfront city and destination. This remarkable, mile-long stretch along the Potomac Rive comes to life with restaurants, retailers, residences, and businesses—all complemented by monumental views and a vibrant culture." ~ PN Hoffman-Madison
Clinton & Associates has the honor of furnishing District Wharf's outdoor plazas, cafes, terraces, piers, water features, and play spaces with decorative planted containers, including 4-seasonal rotations throughout the year. These dazzling decorative floral displays reflect the vibrancy of this popular waterfront destination by adding color, texture, and year-round visual interest.
This is a love story between a property and its owners. Our clients purchased this 8-acre property to protect it from multi-family developments that were happening all around it. They built a single-family home and outdoor amenities while preserving dozens of existing mature trees and planting several dozen more.
Acres of rolling meadow-like perennial and ornamental grass gardens define a large and picturesque lawn that leads up to the home along a sinuous drive. Dramatic sculpture placed throughout the landscape, carry the eye of the beholder deep into the four-season gardens. Paths, walks, terraces, swimming pool, water features, and shade structures provide respite, circulation, and the creation of outdoor "rooms" for relaxation, play, and entertaining opportunities.
Spring bulbs lead the way with bright swaths of daffodils, crocus, Camassia and Allium, followed by flowering trees and perennials. Fall is quite dramatic with colorful foliage from maples and other large canopy trees, and the bronzing of much of the ground cover at the garden bed level.
Washington Spaces Magazine | Best of Outdoor Spaces 2009
Perennial Plant Association | Merit Award 2006
American Society of Landscape Architects | Merit Award 2004
Pike & Rose
Creating place is one thing; connecting people to place is another. Pike & Rose, a new walk-able livable community that replaced an outdated retail shopping strip at an important and busy intersection, underscores the key role abundant garden-style planting and detail-oriented landscape architecture can play in establishing that nexus.
A savvy client envisioned a botanically rich urban atmosphere and tapped Clinton & Associates to provide creative and durable outdoor amenities and lush gardens that celebrate seasonal change. Moreover, the client placed significant scope in the hands of the landscape architect—everything from hardscape and lighting to water features and site furnishings.
This ever-evolving garden is a beautiful testament to clients who love to see change happen - not just seasonally, but annually. And not just in their garden, but in their home and overall property, too.
Sandy Clinton has worked with these lovely clients, first when at Oehme, van Sweden & Associates, and then for the past 20 years at Clinton & Associates. She has consulted and helped the garden as the clients have added outbuildings, changed driveway and walkway materials, and enhanced the ever-maturing planted borders and gardens.
Upscale living is the name of the game at this modern and well-appointed urban apartment building. Features include lush streetscape terraces, an intimate interior courtyard, water features, and lively outdoor terraces on the rooftop, equipped with grills, dining areas, and lounging opportunities. Luxurious plantings enhance the outdoor experience, creating soft transitions from and extensions to indoor living rooms.
Architect: Esocoff and Associates Photos: Joel Witte
This unique farm garden, located on a rolling five-acre property, takes its design sensibility from the architectural vernacular of the buildings that surround it. Designed as a series of outdoor rooms connected by rambling paths, the garden is connected yet secluded from the main house.
Arbors shade the space while a bubbling fountain made from a found millstone provides cooling sensation. Recycled wood from an aged barn lends comfort and authenticity. The Summer Kitchen houses all the necessities for outdoor living including a grill, sink, ice maker and ample storage space. A paved ramp leads up to an extensive vegetable garden, replete with hot houses, potting shed, compost area, and seat-height garden beds.
American Society of Landscape Architects | Honor Award 2002
A dramatic and picturesque entry garden announces the visitor's arrival to this four-season ski and golf resort village near Lake Michigan. Collaboratively with The Johnson-Hill Land Ethics Studio, Clinton & Associates has developed dozens of landscape plans and overseen the installation of major gardens and landscapes throughout this active recreation community. Among them, Cottages at Water's Edge includes a series of waterworks, walkways, play lawns and acres of ornamental plantings which help to unify and enhance the pedestrian-oriented cottage environment.
The Rose Garden at Kinlochen includes ample outdoor dining facilities surrounded by lush rose gardens and flowering crab apple trees. Miles of roadways and dozens of developments within the 1000+ acre resort are designed to enhance the visitor's experience, provide diverse wildlife habitat, and promote and encourage healthy outdoor living.
Perennial Plant Association | Honor Award 2008
ASLA Maryland Chapter | Merit Award 2017
This corner property in a close-in Washington, DC suburb features a large addition, reducing outdoor space and function for family use. The design includes a series of intimate outdoor living areas with strong visual/physical connections to adjacent indoor uses.
Today, efficient use of space and layering of plant materials create privacy and the illusion of a spacious garden, with a seat-height lily pool as the focal point. Significant site erosion issues were solved by use of subsurface drainage and drywells. Planting helps create divisions between rooms and softens the highly detailsed hardscapes.
Perennial Plant Association | Merit Award 2004
The former Capital Children's Museum and its adjoining city block are transformed into a vibrant residential high-rise community. Passive green roofs and active-use recreation areas, including swimming pools, shade-lined entertainment terraces, game boards, grilling stations, dog runs, and intimate seating groups, are located on the top of each new structure.
Extensive perennials, ornamental trees, and shrub gardens enhance views to and from the building roof terraces, providing beauty for the residents. The courtyard gardens at street level, replete with water fountains, stone terraces, custom metal rails and fencing, and accent lighting create a grand entry for this active urban community.
Architect: Esocoff and Associates
Originally this home on a three-acre site sat alone in a meadow not grounded to its location, with no particular setting, and no connection to the Atlantic Ocean surrounding it. Three phases and five years later the cozy vacation home is nestled in a pleasing, well-proportioned landscape that includes a swimming pool and spa; multi-level wood decks; a driveway of crushed seashells; wood fences, arbors and trellises; and acres of ornamental planting and play lawns.
Large sweeps of naturalized perennials, chosen specifically to enhance the traditional Martha's Vineyard garden style, and survive its winters, provide ever-changing views to the distant ocean for this family-oriented home.
From the onset of design, we teamed with the owner/architects in a solid collaboration of creative sustainable design, using recurring natural cycles as primary design criteria on a tight suburban site. Indoor-outdoor connections allow for free-flowing breezes, easy access, and direct views of ornamental, herb, and vegetable gardens.
The capture of rainwater for reuse is a reoccurring theme found throughout the project. A 1,000-gallon cistern, buried beneath an herb garden and entertainment lawn, stores and recycles rainwater for irrigating rooftop vegetable and ornamental gardens. Any water remaining on site is guided to a rain garden in the lower meadow, where it slowly is reabsorbed into the ground.
A rich planting pallet at every level of this contemporary garden reflects the dramatic and easy nature of the home and its inhabitants with swaying grasses, native trees, and vibrant perennials.
Meditch Murphey Architects
American Society of Landscape Architects, Maryland Chapter | Honor Award 2014
American Institute of Architects, Maryland Chapter | Honor Award 2014
The idyllic setting on the shore of Lake Huron provides a magical backdrop for this full-time residence. Multi-level decks and terraces provide ample play and entertainment areas, with dramatic views of the lake and beach front. Existing trees give the garden a mature backdrop and screening from close-by neighbors. The “island” deck at the edge of the beach provides a sunning spot for the family and built-in storage for water toys and beach blankets
Planting includes a variety of native and adapted Michigan ground covers, ornamental trees, and shrubs for full season interest. Spring bulbs announce the beginning of a lively and dramatic growing season. And geese prevail on the lawn!
A Working Garden
This ample front garden is designed for an active retired couple wanting to garden and raise vegetables, and particularly, berries, in their own front yard. Additionally they wanted stairs and paths that could easily transform to accessible passage when necessary.
Working with architect, Dorothy Murdoch, we designed a 3-sided stair and landing at the front door, allowing easy access to all portions of the front garden, which includes a sitting terrace for relaxing after a day of gardening, framed in vegetable and berry beds, and a lush and colorful perennial and rose garden.
A woodland garden designed for outdoor living and relaxation focuses on a dramatic lily pond with layered waterfalls and aquatic plantings. This project creates livable space from steep hillsides, the central challenge of the site. Multiple layers of trees, ornamental grasses, and large shrubs are used to embrace, define and seclude private living terraces from the more public portions of the property.
Custom designed and fabricated wood fences, gates, and wood storage cabinet compliment the design’s detailed pallet of building and plant materials.