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Lush modern gardens earn an Edward Larrabee Barnes-designed Hacienda in Dallas top honors from the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Manicured turf grass is a nod to the modern architecture.

When landscape architecture firm Reed Hilderbrand arrived at Dallas’ Greenlee House, they knew the Preston Hollow home had yet to achieve its full potential. The modern gem, designed by architecture royalty Edward Larrabee Barnes—was overrun with invasive exotic plants. But these landscape design experts saw past the foliage, envisioning a landscape matrix with streams and wandering paths woven through lush modernist gardens. “We were really inspired by the architecture. It is such a significant modern project,” said Doug Reed, a principal at Reed Hilderbrand.

The new grounds not only revitalized the architectural icon—but also achieved landscape-design bliss when the American Society of Landscape Architects crowned the project with a 2013 Honor Award in residential design, one of landscape architecture’s highest achievements. The mingling of manicured lawns and plants with natural woodland on the 4 acres surrounding the house captivated the award jury, boosting Reed Hilderbrand to the winner’s circle.

“The site had such inherent beauty,” Reed says. “The special qualities of the place, like the bedrock, limestone outcroppings and shallow soils, were the attributes that really spoke to us.” During the project, designers discovered extremely rare and native sticky gayfeather plants and patches of Texas blackland prairie. The designers harvested and replanted seeds from the native plants and expanded the blackland prairie. Award-winning design with a native spirit—it’s perfectly Dallas.

Landscape architects recovered and expanded the existing Texas blackland prairie.