“There is no great house without a great garden.”- David Easton
The final post of the Rayner’s Haute Bohemian oasis in Palm Beach reveals their beautiful gardens and magical Moroccan pool tent. There was a delightful surprise around every bend in the serpentine path of their lush tropical gardens. As I mentioned in Part One, we entered their property through an intricately adorned Turkish Pool Pavillion designed by Peter Marino. Once we passed through the Pavillion and a beautifully manicured lawn adored with parasols, painted elephants, and chaises, we entered the “jungle” leading towards the main house detailed in Part Two.
The garden, designed by Denis Lamarsh, was inspired by the Marjorelle Gardens in Marrakech, the jungle in the late Lilly Pulitzer’s home, and the Ann Norton Sculpture Garden in West Palm Beach. Neighbors were kind enough to offer royal palms that had grown too high for their own gardens.
A narrow path lead us to the second pool on the property charmingly called the “Camel Pool” after the whimsical creatures placed on each side of the pool. The pool was designed to be centered on the master bedroom.
The Moroccan tent is permanently pitched and the owner’s favorite place to dine. A large Moroccan mirror reflects the pool anchoring one wall of the tent.
The view from the main house and master bedroom.
The exterior walls of the main house are painted in “Marjorelle Blue” and zellige Moroccan tilework. A collection of ceramic pots in a variety of blue glazes hold various tropical plants.
Fountains and whimsical pieces such as this paint decorated camel are meticulously place throughout the property.
Beyond the Camel Pool, this outdoor seating area welcomes guests to the main house. Another surprise awaits at the top of the spiral staircase in the background….
At the top of the stairs, a Morrocan-inspired rooftop terrace that covers the expanse of the main house is set up with banquettes, chaise lounges, and umbrellas all overlooking the jungle. The stripes repeat the palette found throughout the interiors and exteriors on the grounds.
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