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Design New England July/August 2013



 

In this magazine's "Selections" feature, Louis combines iconic garden furniture by Richard Schultz with a peerless collection of specimen container plants, for a stylish session of plant grooming, repotting, and lunching.
 

See more pictures of this remarkable project on the Gardens page, where this project is identified as "Urban Garden."

 

Design New England September/October 2012
Good Housekeeping June 2012: Secrets of a Small Garden
"Fantasy & Folly: In one bold statement after another, designer Louis Raymond creates an irresistably happening outdoor place."
 

See more pictures of this remarkable project on the Gardens page, where this project is identified as "Xanadu."


Good Housekeeping Magazine June 2012
Good Housekeeping June 2012: Secrets of a Small Garden
Secrets of a Small Garden: Space-smart solutions beautify a petite patch of green in the seaside town of Stonington, CT.
 

The challenge: to make this side garden as inviting for the owners as it is appealing for passersby—and yet also provide plenty of privacy.

See more pictures in the Small Gems section of the Our Gardens page, where this project is identified as "Intimate Dining."


Design New England July/August 2009
Garden Party: Louis Raymond's tropical oasis in Rhode Island hosts thousands of plants—and nearly as many guests.
 

Twice a month from June through September, Louis Raymond has an alfresco dinner party for 10 at his country home in Hopkinton, Rhode Island. The host is a wit and a showman—he is a former opera singer who has retained a flair for theatrics—but it is his garden that provides much of the entertainment. It is, as one visitor put it, "an acre and a half of 'Wow!'

See more pictures in the Louis's Home Gardens section of the Our Gardens page.


Design New England November/December 2008
Particular Passions: When enormously creative people find their raison d'être, magic can happen.
 

Of course Louis Raymond loves plants. He's a garden designer. For six years, he was the designer for the annual New England Spring Flower Show, and his firm, Renaissance Gardening, creates showstopping landscapes for residential and corporate clients.

See more pictures in the Louis's Home Gardens section of the Our Gardens page.


Rhode Island Monthly March 2008
Hidden Treasures: Settle into a pretty and private garden oasis and leave the noisy demands of city life behind.
 

Classic Beauty: While Providence swelters, the owners of this garden sip cool drinks on their leafy East Side patio....The urban oasis is framed by a pair of Bauhausian brick houses. A large carriage house, now a separate property, survives next door, and all three are enfolded in lovely stucco and tile-topped walls.


See more pictures at Urban Garden on the Our Gardens page.


Metropolitan Home July/August 2004
BeeWary: What's the buzz? Almost none in this bee-scarce garden created by landscape designer Louis Raymond for a Rhode Island couple.

This property is full of plants for season-long and year-round interest. “The garden is gorgeous,” says the wife. “The color palette is so extraordinary! It’s every shade of green, with some white and yellow. And I can honestly say I’ve never seen a bee.”


See more pictures at Bee Wary on the Our Gardens page.


People Places & Plants Spring 2003
The Renaissance Man: A former medical student and opera singer finds his true calling with plants

Nothing is understated about landscape and flower show designer Louis Raymond. Whenever his name is mentioned, the response is invariably effusive. "Oh, Louis ... He's great! What a character ... I just love his work!" For the would-be opera singer, doctor and writer, life is just one giant exclamation point.


See more pictures at Montreal Mosaiculture Festival in the Showhouses & Flowershows section of the Our Gardens page.


USA Today August 2, 2002
At Home: Taking Root: Green Spaces in Asphalt-Jungle Places

For Raymond, “asphalt jungle” is no metaphor; it’s his medium. Would-be city gardeners, green thumbs stained brown from too many failed ferns, pass their trowels to him and other horticultural consultants in hopes they’ll turn a pitiful slab of patio into a perennially perky sanctuary.

See more pictures of some of Louis's big-city gardens in the Italian Revival garden and the Townhouse Gardens pages of the Our Gardens page.


House & Garden March 2002
Water’s Edge: A mixed border flourishes with little care late into the season on the windy coast of New England

A garden, like a relationship, usually requires a lot of work to make it great. Not so with the dazzling border that Louis Raymond designed for clients on the New England coast. At 180 feet long and 40 feet deep, this bed is bigger than a lot of houses, yet requires only minimal tending and gets better-looking as the season progresses.


See more pictures at Summer Home on the Our Gardens page.


Metropolitan Home September 2001
Abundance: This small, walled garden, packed with a surprising array of plants, provides a restful refuge for its Rhode Island owners.

People with some renovation experience know that the key to retaining sanity during an indoor or outdoor overhaul is to create one small, perfect spot as a retreat. Garden designer Louis Raymond followed this golden rule of restoration while redoing his clients' 15-acre property in Matunuck, Rhode Island. "There was a very small space tucked away around the corner of their house that I couldn't get off my mind," he says.


See more pictures at Estate Planting on the Small Gems page.


The Boston Globe Magazine April 8, 2001
Your Home: Annuals Steal The Show: Landscape designer Louis Raymond approaches a showhouse garden as a performance piece.

The glory of perennial borders comes and goes…Raymond’s garden, however, kept dazzling and rising to the sun until, in September, precisely as he had planned, it reached its peak just in time for the Newport Showhouse at Mount Hope Farm.


See more pictures at Mt. Hope Farm in the Showhouses & Flowershows section of the Our Gardens page.


Boston Globe April 28, 2005

Life at Home: One Strong Opinion column

Rip out your forsythia and cut down your weeping cherry… Plant instead something that does anything for more than three days a year.

The Saginaw News April 9, 2005
Arts & Entertainment: Gardening Devotees Don’t Always Agree
Garden Designer Louis Raymond… speaks during a press conference prior to giving his presentation Wednesday as part of the Horizons Town Talk series. Louis is the designer for the New England Spring Flower Show, the world’s oldest.

The Narragansett Times July 1999
Time Out: Not So DEERly Beloved
Together they designed landscaping that is virtually deer-proof. The basic tenet of the gardens? Avoid deer desserts!

The Providence Journal March 1999
Your Home: New England Spring Flower Show: Briggs Win Big With 'Artistry'
The other exhibit creating the most buzz was the Peter Rabbit and Friends garden, by the Massachusetts Flower Growers Association. Rhode Island designer, Louis Raymond, created the garden, which even has a pond with a frog made of lily leaves and reeds.

The Providence Sunday Journal March 14, 1999
Your Home: Spring Comes to Boston: This year's New England Flower Show glorifies 'Artistry in the Garden.'
As for the Beatrix Potter exhibit, three-dimensional critters [were] dressed and coated with plant material….staged within a landscape setting depicting scenes from the children’s stories….Some are made of corn husks, while others are dressed in dried hydrangeas.

Rhode Island Monthly June 1997
Neighbor: Louis Raymond, Garden Designer, writer, lecturer
Almost everything that you’d find in a trailer park in Alabama is back in style. Big weird annuals like purple-leafed cannas, say. Coleus, too.

Boston Sunday Herald August 1996
New England Gardening: Flowers Set Stage: Theatre by the Sea is a showstopper.
Some of the plants, such as the golden hops vine, climb the woodwork while others seek to surpass the superstructure. The cup plant…is an immense yellow daisy reaching eight feet tall. Spark’s Aconitum has clouds of violet blooms atop 6-foot high plants.

The Narragansett Times June 1996
Time Out: Local Gardener Cultivating TV Audience: Raymond has sense of humor, needs only cash.
[Raymond’s] utterly infectious and that personality goes right into the camera. I’ve watched him give garden tours, and people hang on his every word.

The Wall Street Journal January 1996
Cuttings
“The effort is worth it,” says Louis Raymond, a garden designer in Wakefield, RI, who enjoys the contrast of “well-chosen naturalism with spots of strict formalism.” He often uses topiary as a focal point, or flanks a pathway with a matching pair.

The Providence Journal Bulletin July 26, 1995
South County: A Blooming, Wild Experiment in Life
So the dazzled visitor may encounter things previously seen only in books: the climbing adlumia fungosa with its pale pink teardrop blossoms, the blushing white mullein, rosemary-leafed willow, variegated tulip tree, the puffy-topped smokebush.

Rhode Island Monthly March 1994
Home Resource Guide: The 3-Season Garden
Raymond has included lots of old-time favorites in the garden he designed for us, beauties like the graceful Siberian iris in happy cahoots with such exciting rarities as the white foxtail lily and the continuous-blooming yellow kniphofia.

The Narragansett Times July 1, 1992
Time Out: Who's Behind Matunuck's Famous Flora? Theatre-by-the-Sea's gardener has a gift for lush greenery.
“I’m like a kid in a candy shop here,” [Raymond] said with a smile. “I can do anything I want. These (gardens) are really for myself.”

The Providence Sunday Journal
This garden-by-the-sea is a real showstopper.
The heart of [the garden] is a 270-foot arbor with bays, each 10 feet wide. There’s also a side yard with a well-worn lawn (from hundreds of intermissions) that has plantings all around it.

 

Nothing is more completely the child of art than a garden.—Sir Walter Scott
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'Selections' feature from the July-August 2013 issue of Design New England