The 2020 Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens’ impeccable landscaping was just as breathtaking as its immaculate interior design.
The Mariani Landscape-designed gardens at this year’s Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens.
Picture a sweeping historic property with immaculate gardens and interiors from nearly 40 of the area’s best designers and landscape architects, and you get a pretty good idea of the 2020 Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens, whose latest iteration wrapped Aug. 9. For 32 years, the Lake Forest Auxiliary chapter of the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago has sponsored a biennial Showhouse & Gardens to benefit Chicago’s medically underserved, resulting in over $4 million in aid.
This year, it was the 1906 Pullman manor house, complete with 23 rooms, a tastefully simple exterior and a traditional design, at center stage. The showhouse was a study in design trends: Wild wallpaper brought nature indoors; standout colors and geometric patterns painted the floors; wicker and rattan accessories and furnishings were scattered throughout; seagrass and sisal rugs were a welcome sight; and luxurious lacquers and palettes of blue and dusty rose made cameos.
The three garden areas by Mariani Landscape were all particular showstoppers. Inspired by the dramatic view from the sun porch, the south garden walk consisted of a series of intimate spaces connected by structural boxwood hedges and mature trees. A delicate gravel herb garden, an open lawn marked by dawn redwoods and Japanese tree lilacs underplanted with textural layers were only a few examples of the majesty Mariani Landscape’s gardens displayed on the grounds of the 2020 showhouse.
Photography by: Courtesy of Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens