For 23 years, Dominic Monaco avoided his garden, but who could blame him? “It was a mini forest on a tilted slope,” he says, describing the tangle of overgrown cedars that grew on the incline just behind his home in Westmount, Quebec. When he decided to tackle the renovation, he met with landscape architects Sophie Robitaille and Teressa Peill of RobitailleCurtis to do a full-scale reimagining of his outdoor space.
“His house is modern, minimal and square, so my initial instinct was to respond to that architectural style,” says Sophie. “Then Dominic said, ‘I’m Italian. I need my dream garden to hearken back to my roots.’ ” He also wanted the garden to be done in the warm, sunny hues of Tuscany to match his memories of dining alfresco among cypress and citrus trees.
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