It is impossible to say adequately that my greatest debt of gratitude in designing the gardens of Castello di Carbonana goes to its visionary owners, who tirelessly dedicated five inspiring years spearheading this complex project.
The commission I received to design and create the gardens was conceived in 2011.
Upon first visiting the medieval castle and its 50 acre surrounding property, I was immediately drawn and fascinated by the understated yet powerful simplicity, natural beauty and challenging terrain.
In response, my mandate and primary design objective was to create an equally subdued, yet visually inspiring, modern day , private garden with unexpected, whimsical, almost lyrical qualities and never before experienced, functional outdoor spaces conducive to entertaining and relaxation throughout the property.
The series of inter-connecting gardens encourages the viewer to appreciate all aspects of the architecture and surrounding Umbrian countryside.
The gardens of Castello di Carbonana were created with imagination and enormous care and thought. That being said, it is my hope that this vision continues to complement and breathe new life into this national monument.
This truly unique commission and the close collaboration with the castle’s owners, consultants and highly skilled craftsmen will remain with me as a lifetime privilege and unforgettable experience.
– Ronald Holbrook, Landscape Architect