The landscape design for a handicapped boy and his father are a modern interpretation of a hillside garden. Indoor / outdoor living and sustainable gardening are a welcome activity that is regenerative for all.
The view is incredible. The site is a clearing that looks out on Loch Raven Reservoir across treetops. It drops 50 feet over 450 feet from the road.
In 2010 Ed Slattery’s wife was killed and his son Matthew severely injured in a car accident. This led to the Slattery residence design and construction in Timonium, Maryland. The view from the wooded hilltop adds to what in some respects is the perfect site, but the 50 foot drop created an accessibility challenge.
To make the site entirely accessible in a wheelchair, a wall was inserted against the slope near the street and the grade at the building punched down. A switchback trail springs off the back terrace and winds its way down the hill through a meadow. A tower offers epic views over the lush landscape.
Semi-dwarf fruit trees, serviceberry, currant, blueberries, hardy kiwi and grapes add an edible layer to the meadow. Sweeping drifts of perennials below the fruit trees wind down through the sloping meadow. At the front of the house, the landscape is bisected by the drive. To one side is a rain garden, to the other are low, stepped walls that bring the vegetable garden up to Matthew’s level.
The project was designed in conjunction with Alter Urban.