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Quiet Entry Garden August 5, 2011

Filed under: Deer,Garden Profiles,photos — Rebecca Sams from Mosaic Gardens @ 6:37 pm
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The photos below show just one part of a multi-phase project that we think is fast becoming our best garden so far.  Our goal for this entry garden was to create a serene, simple design that allows focus on the beautiful trunks of the Oregon White Oaks and the clean, contemporary lines of the house and entryway.  From the driveway, visitors pass from a bold, colorful street planting, through hedge of golden bamboo (Phyllostachys aurea) into a quiet, sweeping, sword fern garden, with a few small trees and some Fargesia rufa, a clumping bamboo.  Our favorite hardscape feature of the garden may be our drystack stone wall along the driveway (see a slideshow of its construction here).  An ipe deck and boardwalk float over the fern garden, past a huge basalt bowl, to the front door.

While other areas of the garden feature diverse plantings and bold foliage, this garden focuses on the essentials.  Although, this garden is largely a passageway, as opposed to an area to entertain, it seems to have a profound effect on visitors.  Rather than rushing through the garden, the simple design encourages people to pause for a moment and enjoy a quiet moment, appreciating the view.

This is another garden that will be included on next June’s Study Weekend tour.  For more information, stay tuned here or contact the WVHPG.

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3 Responses to “Quiet Entry Garden”

  1. Michael Sanchez Says:

    As a fellow designer, I am continually inspired with your beautiful craftsmanship and creative designs. Thank you for your art.

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