Outdoor Spaces 2012

Geoff Stanczyk and Tony Hawn’s gorgeous outdoor space features layered English gardens, beautiful dining and entertaining areas and even a wine-tasting room.

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Geoff Stanczyk and Tony Hawn moved into their Highland Springs home in 2006. But Tony was familiar with the property long before then. He was formerly in the real estate business, and he was involved with selling the home to its prior owner. “During this time, I fell in love with the property,” Tony says.

Soon after this, Geoff accepted a position that took the couple to Las Vegas for three years. But then they came back, and they were able to purchase the home, which was in need of some TLC. “The bones were pretty much here, but the landscaping was neglected and overgrown,” Tony says. “It all had to be removed, and we had to start over.”

The infamous 2007 ice storm happened just a few months after the two moved in, and it gave them even more of a reason to clear everything out. “That spring, we cleaned up, did a lot of removal and trimmed things up to see what we could work with,” Tony says. The couple worked with landscaper Chad Gray of Creation Lawn & Landscape to create a gorgeous outdoor wonder world that contains several gardens, cozy spots for eating and entertaining and even a wine-tasting room. They describe its look as an English garden with a twist. “The front yard is a little more formal, and the backyard has a layered theme with a contemporary twist,” Geoff says. And more than anything else, the space is always acquiring new plants and flowers. The couple says it will always be a work in progress and never “completed.”

Lounge Area

Striped furniture makes the patio a comfortable spot to hang out, and a potted jasmine tree adds another layer to the space. “It’s on its fourth year,” Tony says.

Wine-tasting Room

Both Geoff and Tony like wine, and they wanted a special spot where they could enjoy it. They created a wine-tasting room in what looks like an English potting shed. The structure is surrounded by an abundance of beautiful landscaping and gorgeous flowers, including agapanthus (commonly known as lily of the Nile), viburnums and petunias. “It was inspired by our trips to Italy, France and Napa Valley,” Tony says. “We wanted it to feel like a tasting room.”

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Resource Listing:

Landscape Designer
Chad Gray, Creation
Lawn & Landscape
417-881-0087, creationlawn.com

Outdoor Lighting
Nightworks Lighting

Steinert’s Greenhouse & Gardens
234 W. Farm Rd. 192, Springfield

Turf Fertilization and Weed Control
The Outdoorsman Lawncare
3441 W. Moark St., Springfield

Lawn and Tree Care
Ryan Lawn and Tree
2296 N. Arbor Creek Ln., Springfield

Hilltop Farm
3307 N. State Hwy. F, Ash Grove

1715 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield

John Deere Landscapes
5236 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield

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