Natural Wonder

Marzilli worked with New York-based James Corner Field Operations, an internationally-acclaimed landscape architecture firm that contracted Piet Oudolf, a famed planting designer who works globally, but calls the Netherlands home. “He knows more about perennials than most others in the industry,” says Marzilli. The softscape designer, says Marzilli, worked in concert with Field Operations and R.P. Marzilli & Co. to bring the project from vision to reality. Of course, getting there, quite literally in this case, was the hard part.

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“We had to figure out how to get it all to the island,” Marzilli recalls. “We were given a completion date—and that didn’t move. As much as we’re all given a footprint, there are inevitable time and weather obstacles.” Marzilli notes that this particular project was one of the largest his company has taken on in its long history.

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Andrea E. McHugh, a former editor at Newport Life magazine, is a freelance writer living in Rhode Island.

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