The biggest name in fashion and a green thumb too! Oscar de la Renta shows off dazzling gardens of his Dominican Republic beach retreat
07:07 GMT, 14 June 2012
It seems that Oscar de la Renta's design talents extend well beyond the fashion business.
The New York-based designer has revealed that he also has quite the green thumb, showing off his Dominican Republic estate which features an incredibly lush garden.
Opening the doors to his 'beachfront refuge' to Architectural Digest magazine, the 79-year-old tells of how he has fallen in love with the island that he was originally born on, despite having converted to American citizenship in 1971.
Enviable lifestyle: Oscar de la Renta (above), the New York-based designer, has showed off his Dominican Republic beachfront villa and garden. He was in fact born on the island, becoming a U.S. citizen in 1971
Furthermore, the designer was allegedly offered by Dominican Republic officials to become an ambassador to the U.S. but turned the offer down as he didn't want to give up his American citizenship.
Now, it seems that he is able to have the best of both worlds.
He and his wife Annette split their time between their Manhattan apartment and the lush island villa, which he admitted he helps to maintain himself even when it comes to weeding the gardens.
It is not the first time he has attempted to create a home away from home on his home land.
Perfection: The home sits amongst lush surroundings, maintained by the designer who admits he even weeds
He has had a home in the Dominican Republic since the year he became a U.S. citizen.
The previous Thai-inspired compound at Casa de Campo was filled with orchids and pungent flowers but as the space grew, neighbours became increasingly frustrated with the scents.
The designer has originally even aimed to recreate the jungle-like setting amid his new property.
'I thought I could re-create our Casa de Campo garden here,' he told the magazine. 'But even though we were only an hour east by car, the climate was much
drier, and sometimes unbearably windy.'
In September of 1998, a mere few months after the designer and his team had put the final touches on his new getaway, the powerful Hurricane Georges tore out the entire garden, pool, all of the trees and much of their private beach.
Hidden: The designer and his wife have spent the past 14 years grooming the home's spectacular gardens
Restored: A private beach is located on the property which was affected by a severe hurricane in 1998
Only the coral-stone villa they had built, remained.
It has taken 14 years, but the property has been rebuilt to showcase the 'small jungle' it now is.
He fertilises with seaweed harvested from the beach at low tide while an assortment of rare plants have been sourced and planted on the property.
Complete privacy has been achieved through various blooms that grow up to ten-feet long and in true private getaway style, the entire compound is practically invisible to people that pass by.