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Small Space Gardening: 7 Tiny City Landscapes

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Small Space Gardening: 7 Tiny City Landscapes

January 7, 2015

No outdoor space is too small for a garden. Tiny terrace? Fire escape? Juliet balcony? With a potted plant and a folding chair, you’ve got a garden. Here are 11 of our favorites:

Industrial Chic in LA

 LA restaurateur Joan McNamara lives in a loft with a garage door that opens onto a balcony. Mornings begin with the garage door open all the way for fresh air, and again in the evenings when guests to give the loft an indoor/outdoor feel. Photograph by Laure Joliet.
LA restaurateur Joan McNamara lives in a loft with a garage door that opens onto a balcony. Mornings begin with the garage door open all the way for fresh air, and again in the evenings when guests to give the loft an indoor/outdoor feel. Photograph by Laure Joliet.
Photograph by Laure Joliet.
Above: Photograph by Laure Joliet.

For more, see Joan McNamara’s Industrical-Chic Loft in LA.

Penthouse in Greenwich Village

Above: Architect David Mann and partner Fritz Karch live in a penthouse studio on Washington Square in Manhattan. For more of their garden (and apartment), see An Architect and a Collector at Home.

Oasis in Antwerp

Above: Photograph by Bart Kiggen via Coffeeklatch.

Antwerp-based garden designers Bart Haverkamp and Pieter Croes have their own “tiny oasis” in the middle of the city. For more, see Radical Gardens of Antwerp.

A Courtyard in Boston

Boston-based photographer Cambria Grace and stylist Lauren Wells, partners at Wells and Grace, also teamed up recently to offer an intimate glimpse of Wells’ small-space city garden. Photograph by Cambria Grace.
Above: Boston-based photographer Cambria Grace and stylist Lauren Wells, partners at Wells and Grace, also teamed up recently to offer an intimate glimpse of Wells’ small-space city garden. Photograph by Cambria Grace.

Upper East Side, Manhattan

Above: On the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the garden’s palette echoes the cityscape, with Plain Air chairs and a custom table by garden designer Judy Kameon. Photograph courtesy of Elysian Landscapes.

For more, see Spring Comes to Manhattan, Upper East Side Edition.

Balcony Views in London

Above: London-based garden writer Isabelle Palmer kits out her tiny balcony with window boxes, and potted topiaries. See more of her garden in Ask the Expert: Balcony Gardener Isabelle Palmer.

66 Square Feet in Brooklyn

Above: Tiniest terrace in Brooklyn?  Marie Viljoen gardened in 66 square feet before moving to Harlem (and then back to Brooklyn, where she has a 1,000-square-foot backyard). For more, see Garden Visit: 66 Square Feet.

For more of our favorite tiny terraces, see Garden Visit: 66 Square Feet (Plus) in Harlem and Design Sleuth: Parisian Balcony Mise-en-Scene.

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