Garden Dialogues 2018 -- Bethesda, MD

Registration Eligibility
Open to landscape architecture professionals, allied designers, and the general public.
Start Date
End Date
Saturday, June 23, 10 AM to 12 PM / Bethesda

This large suburban garden located in the residential neighborhood of Bannockburn is an oasis for owners Gail and Ben Jacobs. Having purchased two side-by-side parcels over 40 years ago, they have spent decades refining, expanding, and modifying the landscape of their collective three-acre property.

Washington landscape architect Lester Collins was the first designer to work with the Jacobs on the initial home site, never expanding into the second vacant parcel. Collins’ work included a series of terraced gardens stepping down from the back of the home, gracefully integrating recreation spaces, entertainment terraces, and a large swimming pool and pool house. The breakthrough design, which located the pool a distance from the house, creates a series of outdoor rooms for each type of outdoor activity and overlaps them into a seamless and simple design.

Thirty years ago, Oehme, van Sweden & Associates was hired to begin bridging the gap between the original Lester Collins-designed property and the vacant lot. A master plan was completed that combined the two properties into one and created lush planting borders, additional terraced gardens, an outdoor spa, and a large lily pond as a focal point on view from the house. Sandy Clinton was the project manager at that time and worked directly with the owners on the designs and installation of this work.

Twenty years ago, Clinton & Associates assumed design lead of the ongoing work at the Jacobs’ residence and has since completed additional planting, paving, and outdoor kitchen designs for the property. A new “shop” building located in the corner of the property initiated recent design work, including a secondary cobble drive, stone stairs, walking paths, extensive grading, and layers of screen plantings.

Gail Jacobs is a floral designer who plants some of the garden beds to support her arrangements. She runs her company, FlowerCraft, from her home studio and is constantly experimenting with plantings throughout her extensive garden beds.

The many contributions of multiple landscape architects, landscape contractors, and the owners to this seasonally diverse and architecturally strong garden provide constant visual and sensory delight throughout the year.

2.0 LA CES™ Professional development hours will be available to attendees, pending approval.

Thanks to the generosity of our hosts and sponsors, tickets for Garden Dialogues are tax deductible and proceeds benefit the educational programs of The Cultural Landscape Foundation.
Bethesda, MD
Distance Learning
Course Equivalency
Horticulture / Plants
Health, Safety and Welfare
Learning Outcomes
1. Learn how successful landscape architects collaborate with their clients to identify and meet their needs.
2. Learn about the design process for developing the landscape and the planting plan.
3. Learn about appropriate plant selection for landscapes in this region and zone.
Sandra Youssef Clinton, FASLA, of Clinton & Associates Landscape Architects and Gail Jacobs of Flowercraft
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