Hushed Serenity in a Birmingham Garden Retreat

About midway through the expansive property, an enchanting staircase with alternating risers of Pennsylvania bluestone slabs and mossy lawn is flanked by an allée of ‘Winter King’ hawthorns, reminiscent of a church aisle decorated for a grand wedding. The feature not only preserves the quietude, but it also creates an appealing centerline view from the abode’s family room above. A dry-stack moss rock wall (currently lined with ‘Nellie R. Stevens’ hollies) with stairs transitions to the secluded pool area.

The large aqua pool with wide coping and a grass deck is enhanced by a captivating pavilion, designed by renovation architect James Carter of Birmingham and furnished with comfortable chairs for poolside relaxation. Flowering plants of the South like hydrangeas, dogwoods, quince, and more unfurl their full color in summer to provide the perfect accent at the entrance to the covered area.

Text by Marie Baxley 
Photography by Stephanie Welbourne Steele
Styling by Mary Beth Jones

Garden design by John Golightly Wilson of Golightly Landscape Architecture. Pool pavilion and home renovation by James F. Carter Architect, Inc. Construction by Francis Bryant Construction. Landscaping by Pratt Brown Landscapes, Inc.

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