United States of America, Arizona, Maricopa County, Paradise Valley
Siler Garden (Paradise Valley, Arizona)
"The residence has the feel of a Mexican hacienda and the surrounding garden has a desert landscaping that blends with the lush vegetation outside the walls. Christy Ten Eyck, landscape architect, created that unity when she redesigned the pool and patio areas that had existed since the home was built in 1959."
"Concrete and cool decking were ripped our and replaced with flagstone decking and plant islands. Salvia greggi and purple spiky brush sage (S. leucantha), lavender verbena and varities of penstamon give colr around the patio and BBQ areas. Palms were removed and the low water palo blanca (acacia willardiana), desert willow (Chillopsis linearis) and three ironwoods (olneya tesota) are featured."
"Now from the pool you hear the desert music of falling water. Nearby there is a shade under a canopy of a palo brae tree for reading or conversation. A short trail leads past a desert wash with lovely old creosote (larrea divericata) to another larger sitting area with special views of Camelback mountain and where cool evenings can be warmed by a Mexican chimenea. Here, bordering the wash and the property line, you also find the traditional Arizona (living) ocotillo fence."
"Private patio area have their own gardens. A circular sitting area offthe bedroom, shaded by a mesquite tree, has a handsome wooden gate leading to the vegetable patch, complete with handsome scarecrow. A patch of lawn off the kitchen patio provides a cool area for the pets."
Persons associated with the property include: George Christensen (architect in 1958 and 1972); Christy Ten Eyck (landscape architect in 1992); Edward D. Pinchoff (gardener); William and Charlette Heuser (former owner from 1958 to 1960's); Thurman Gay (former owner from 1960's to 1981).
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