Marina Wynton, interior design program director, designed a garden utilizing sustainable practices featured in the August 2017 issue of Better Homes & Gardens magazine.
Marina Wynton’s unique design demonstrated how homeowners with small yards can incorporate many eco-friendly elements, such as compost bins, permeable pea gravel paths, native plants, fruit trees and a green roof for the garden shed.
The homeowners, Virginia and Mike Malone, produce abundant vegetables in the raised garden beds with portable a-frame trellises – so much so that they donate the excess to a local food bank.
A retractable awning helps keep the south-facing patio shaded, proving a cool spot on hot days, reducing the need for energy-consuming AC.
Botanically inspired garden art created by Michael Suri adds finishing touches to the Malones’ smart garden.
“I knew I wanted something special,” Virginia Malone said. “The result was not what I had in mind initially, but now it just feels right for the space.”
Marina Wynton directs the B.F.A. in Interior Design program at Marylhurst University. She is the owner and principle designer of OLIVINE Land, LLC, and she has 30+ years of experience in architecture, interiors, garden design and construction.