This weekend my family and I went down to Miami to visit my parent’s new home. During the trip I got a lovely tour of the new country club that my father will be managing. Built in the 1930s, this clubhouse has been wonderfully preserved and still features original stonework, woodwork, furnishings, and more. Today, I want to share with you some of my favorite things about the outdoor courtyard that sits in front of the clubhouse overlooking the water.
Archways with Climbing Vines
The outdoor hallways around this clubhouse are lined with these gorgeous archways. Although beautiful on their own, what makes each of these archways truly spectacular is the addition of gorgeous climbing vines. At the base of each arch is a small built-in planter box. The vines planted in those boxes have been growing for decades, working their way up the white walls and creeping their way up around each arch.
Coral rock is that gorgeous, textured flooring that you see on this courtyard and you will be hard pressed to find it many other places, unless they-too were built in the 20s or 30s in Miami. Every now and then there is a break in the coral rock to allow for a gorgeous multi-trunk palm to sprout up, further accentuating the landscape.
Even if you do not have a historical home that is nearly a century old, you can still think about using plants to accentuate the architectural details of your home. Climbing vines and palm trees are the ideal plants for accentuating the architecture of this 1930s clubhouse.
About Philip Travers