Japanese Maples are addictive. They are interesting in form, leaf color in spring, summer and fall, and of course bark. I have over 30 selections at Acorn Hill. A favorite in fall is Dancing Peacock, Acer japonicum ‘Aconitifolium’. Depending on the weather, the leaves will … Continue readingDancing Peacock
When I first visited this property in 2011, I was amazed at the grass-covered slopes in both the front and back of this house. The mowing of these slopes (by the homeowners) was surely a circus act and bound to end in tragedy. I got … Continue readingA Garden of Slopes: Before & After
See a landscape go from nice to knockout before your eyes! From blah … to beautiful! From extreme … to effortless! From wanting … to wonderful!
A large urn planted with two kinds of Canna and a very cool Echeveria.
This is the summer place of a couple from Florida. The sweet husband commissioned this rendering for his wife’s birthday.
Starting from scratch is fun! This brand new garden has lots of interesting conifers for year-round color, some beautiful Japanese Maples and a boulder wall with a seat. Stone steps make for easy walking from front to back, and along the way there are stone … Continue readingNew Construction in East Asheville
A wonderful woman wanted to create a sacred garden space in memory of her husband. We made this garden as a place of peace and remembrance. It is a walk she takes every day. From the drawing you can see that we created a level … Continue readingLabyrinth
One of my favorite spots to sit in the summertime in our garden, Acorn Hill.
I designed this garden around an existing pond and the homeowner, a builder, built the summer house from my concept drawing. The rendering was given to the property owner by his daughters.
A pond with a Summer House and Garden around it! I was asked to create a space at this homeowner’s pond that would bring people down to hang out. Since the owner is a builder, I developed concept drawings for the Summer House based loosely on … Continue readingWhat’s nicer than a Pond?
I designed this garden and in the process made a very good friend. This is where she likes to take her coffee.
This has got to be my favorite garden that I’ve designed. I met my client at her new homesite that was nothing but mud and building equipment. She handed me a list of plants to use that she had dug from her former garden and … Continue readingCollector’s Garden
A drawing of my sister’s garden as a keepsake when she moved. She made this beautiful woodland garden and we spent many happy hours walking her paths.
When I met this wonderful sculptor, already in her 80’s, I could not believe her positive and progressive attitude. She had run out of sun from her ever- expanding tree canopy and wanted to do something with her last bit of full sun. So we … Continue readingTear up the Grass!
When we finished my friend and scultper’s front garden, she said “What’s next?” We looked at the space and pondered a while. It was her raised bed area before the space became too shady. Since she shapes clay, I thought it would be fun to … Continue reading∞ Infinity Garden