Garden Sculpture

The round "doughnut" sculpture is set off by an Indonesian colonnade. The columns are buried rather than permanently set so Juan can move them around as the garden evolves.

Lush Patio

The little round table on the patio behind the house is a favorite place for Juan and his partner Urban Karlsson—a passionate cook—to linger over lunches brightened with aromas and tastes from their herb garden.

White Blooms

The petals of a leggy wild aster ruffle in the breeze.

Boxwood in Box

When Juan found this 20-foot boxwood tree at a nursery in Maryland, he debated about planting it but decided to keep it as it was because of the rustic box’s sculptural quality. 


Juan Montoya, left, and Urban Karlsson, business manager for Juan’s company, with Astor, their Coton de Tuléar. 

Textural Art Installations

One of many sculptures on the property designed by Juan, this stone obelisk has a tactile quality that makes touching it irresistible.

Stacked Wood

Even the firewood by the pool looks like sculpture.


Juan prefers mostly white and green plant materials in his garden, enhancing its serenity and keeping the focus on textures and patterns of foliage and the moss he "encourages."

Garden Fountain

Water, fire, wood, and stone relate to each other throughout the grounds.

La Formentera

This lovely book with the photographs of Eric Piasecki and a winsome introductory essay by Karen Lehrman Bloch began casually as a personal project when Juan asked his friend Eric to take pictures of his home in every season. (The Monacelli Press, 2012)

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Serene Sculptural Garden

At this refuge, what’s important is what’s left out

Written by Rebecca Christian
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Eric Piasecki

Garden Fountain

Water, fire, wood, and stone relate to each other throughout the grounds.


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