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A winding cobblestone path adds depth to the backyard.

Large boulders add to the “woodsy” feel.

The rustic picnic table is an ideal fit to this backyard forest.

a key point along the trail, providing pleasant surprises along the journey. The Bash/Rutherford garden employs these same techniques. As

many of

the paths wrap and wind themselves around the yard, visitors are led by statues on display against groupings of natural rocks, or interesting shrubs such as the golden elder whose brilliant yellow foliage is a stark contrast to the surrounding greenery. Paths converge on a majestic three-tiered fountain. Another path offers visitors a choice between two archways as they continue to follow paths on a circular tour of the

22 • Beautiful Gardens 2015

One of the statues hidden along a bend in the paths.

side garden. Here, more statues, foun- tains and even a weathered picnic table, which fits the rugged “woodsy” feel, offer visual appeal at every turn. This is a garden that entices the visitor to continue to explore. Perhaps one of

the most interest-

ing aspects of this garden, besides its beauty, is its reduced maintenance. The paths are lined with cobblestones, flag- stones, asphalt and mulch removing the need to mow grass. The continual use of leaves to compost the soil under the trees not only adds to the woodsy feel of the yard, it also eliminates the need

for tilling. Established trees generally require no additional watering nearly eliminating another common garden chore. In fact, the only part of the garden that requires constant water- ing are the potted plants that line the driveway. What a wonderful getaway from the

stresses of everyday life. Imagine being able to take a quiet stroll, the refresh- ing scent of cedar in the air, after a long day at work. Here, the homeowners can find peace and tranquility in their own backyard forest, located in the middle of the city. K

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