The Don River House Garden featured in the Globe and Mail

The Don River House garden, designed by STLAi with Levitt Goodman Architects Ltd, was recently featured in a Globe and Mail article on the rise of natural lawns. In his interview with the Globe and Mail’s Alex Bozikovic,  Scott states: “Nature is luxury. … We took out a lawn and replaced it with a garden; it’s filled with wildflowers and it’s now a really rich place for nature. I’m amazed at how much life is going on.”

The garden was intended to be a natural oasis in the city, proving that “Being in nature doesn’t have to be about going away to a faraway mountain or to a national park.”

 

Native wildflowers and grasses replace a traditional lawn at the Don River House (Ben Rahn/A-Frame/Levitt Goodman Architects)
Native wildflowers and grasses replace a traditional lawn at the Don River House (Ben Rahn/A-Frame/Levitt Goodman Architects)

The Don River House was also recently featured as one of Interior Design’s 100 Big Ideas (number 21, Stay Home). Interior Design commented on the owner’s innovation in creating their ideal vacation property at their own urban home, rather than go afield to experience nature.

The Don River House Garden was designed as a vacation home right in the city.
The Don River House Garden was designed as a vacation home right in the city.
The Wander Garden, planted with native wildflowers, is a gathering place for generations of family. (Ben Rahn/A-Frame/Levitt Goodman Architects)
The Wander Garden, planted with native wildflowers, is a gathering place for generations of family. (Ben Rahn/A-Frame/Levitt Goodman Architects)