Wolf Hills Farms

Set within an idyllic 100-acre horse farm in rural southwest Virginia, this expansion to the house and gardens included a guesthouse addition, detached garage, screened porch, infinity pool, spa, fire-pit, vegetable garden, and outdoor shower.

The landscape architects were commissioned early in the planning stages to collaborate with the architect and client concerning placement of additions to the house and the resultant landscape spaces. An oval infinity edge pool, which offsets the architecture and ultimately shapes the garden’s layout, was a unique feature that guided the design early on.  Integrating sustainable measures such as regional materials, local craftsmen, geothermal heating, and native plantings were key measures taken to tie the old and new landscapes together, as well as integrate them into the local landscape.

An impressive addition of structure and order within the landscape, the design forms spaces relative to the architecture while seamlessly shaping gardens within negative spaces.  The client’s aesthetic preference for symmetry and axial relationships guided the arrangement of landscape elements in a formal order that juxtaposes with relaxed plantings.  Drawing cues from surrounding meadows, the planting approach includes sweeping drifts of perennials and grasses to visually connect the domestic and pastoral landscapes, while adding seasonal interest.

* Wolf Hills Farm was designed and constructed while Quinn Craughwell was employed by Graham Landscape Architecture, and she has continued to provide design consultation through QC Landscape Architects.