Residential Gardens

Castle Creek Meadow

Aspen, Colorado

An alpine garden reflective of its natural environment

Purposefully organized, yet delightfully serendipitous the landscape architecture reflects a studied balance of wildness and cultivation that is perfectly suited for the property’s use as a family retreat. Individual garden spaces interpret the story of the surrounding natural landscape through a series of detailed and intimate portraits. Massive and bold monolithic stones of differing heights and widths reflect the scale of the surrounding mountains, while alpine plants intertwine between the granite slabs to create a carpet that is both colorful and softly textural. Surface, shadow, and structure in the landscape vary dramatically throughout the day and the season in the perpetually changing atmospheric conditions of this high mountain environment. Color, texture, and changing light patterns in the garden are as much a part of the interior as the exterior. The garden’s appeal is accentuated through the articulation of indoor-outdoor living areas and focal points that effectively bridge the gap between built and borrowed landscape.


  • 2019 LUXE Magazine RED Awards, Regional Award for Landscape Design/Outdoor Living
  • 2017 ASLA Colorado, Merit Award for Residential Design


Backen Gillam Architects, Hansen Construction, Landscape Workshop