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ARTISTS' ZEN

WHERE WE STARTED

Before: Origami-Zen
the front before construction started

Origami-Zen back before
back yard before construction

sideyard renovation
In construction: Looking along the narrow side yard you see the arbors, the pool and the hot tub deck at left.

OUT FRONT PROGRESS
Garden accessory: a ginkgo rain chain
Ginkgo rain chain

view from within towards the front garden (still growing in)
View towards front garden

THE DESIGN

Origami-Zen plan
click the plan to see an enlarged view

Stone water feature sketch
Above: a quick sketch of the proposed water feature and patio
Below: stone reflections in the pool
ArtisticZen-stone reflections

AFTER

backyard renovationLooking across the back yard you see the 'pile o' rocks' water feature; it has a rill carved into the top of the basalt columns. The owner/artist created the glass bell and stand.

Origami-Zen stone patio & fire pit
Above: a natural stone patio adjacent to the water feature uses basalt columns to create the fire pit; the bamboo grove is planted at the back
Below: rill close-up stone water feature rill

Raked gravel and stones in a zen spot.Artistic Zen, Raked Gravel and Stone

ABOUT

  • older, 70's ranch house in process of 3-phase, complete remodel and major addition; the first phase is complete and the second is in progress.

  • the back garden will be complete at the end of the second phase

  • owners are both artists by avocation-one a glass artist and the other an abstract painter

  • site is adjacent to a creek and ravine to the south and at the end of a cul-de-sac

  • some existing trees were removed, due either to condition or position

  • several existing trees to remain, including a very large evergreen Magnolia in the back

  • property slopes towards the creek with a difference of about 18-24" in height

  • project team includes owners, architect, interior designer, the landscape designer, and builder


  • during Spring 2013, the mature flowering dogwood near the front door was relocated to near a front window to make way for construction near the entry

PROJECT GOALS

  • after a two-year hiatus in construction, 2013 will see this project up and running again, to be completed in Spring 2014. There are architectural changes to which the garden must respond.

  • create a garden with a Zen aesthetic without being a Japanese garden replica; interject contemporary style that includes glass art by the owner

  • outside will reflect inside colors and finishes


  • create a "pile o' rocks" feature in the back garden outside of the new master bedroom and viewed from the living room


  • include a water feature near the new hot tub area


  • include bamboo screening at the NE back corner and near the garage & stair to studio spaces above

DESIGN CONCEPTS

  • The back garden is substantially complete. It includes a new bell hanger with blown glass bell, a lotus pool by the deck, a stone patio with firepit, a spectacular stone water feature, custom stone walk, glass screens, 3 custom arbors at the west side, a bamboo grove and, of course, great plants.

  • Concepts for the side and front garden have evolved this year as the architectural revisions are made evident. But a new concept is the idea of origami-folded paper. The front walk plan displays this new direction and an outdoor art piece is proposed to further this concept.

GARDEN PLANTS:

  • The goal is to keep the plant types to a minimum and work with dry shade to hot sunny locations..

  • Plants include black bamboo, hellebores, Evergold sedge, autumn fern, Japanese painted fern, Leucothoe 'Rainbow', Japanese Holly, Edgeworthia crysantha, black mondo grass, Alaskan weeping cedar, grasses, dogwood, native ferns, evergreen conifers and shrubs, and deciduous shrubs (like native Ribes sanguineum)

 

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