The purpose of this garden was to create an oasis of serene beauty, incorporating four outdoor rooms that offer hospitality and peace. The "Cottage Garden" at the front of the house includes a walk through the woods. In spring, layers of white "cloud nine" dogwood make a display with tulips, azaleas and wild mountain laurel. This garden also shows bright colors in summer and autumn. The second room, called the "Natural Springs Garden" reveals a Japanese-style garden with koi ponds and a waterfall. A Japanese teahouse serves as the focal point of the space. The "Oak Lawn Garden," the third room, consists of memorabilia, such as a blue glass bottle tree, stone carved angels, and a Portuguese roundel, from the owner's former home in the Oak Lawn area of Dallas. "The Back Yard" garden receives the most sun of all the outdoor rooms. Five foot azalea borders hide the compost area. Most of the 900 square feet of The Back Yard garden is grassed on two levels with a symmetrically spreading native pecan tree holding a high hung double porch swing.
People associated with this property include: Ferne and Arthur Koch (former owners, early 1960s-1971); and Rosa Finsley (landscape designer, 1971-present).
The folder contains a work sheet; site plans; six books of garden diary information and magazine and newspaper publication copies; and dvd.
Garden featured in Nany Booth Simpson, "A Taste of Texas, A Touch of Japan," Southern Living, August 1983, pp. 83-84
Garden featured in "Make a Little Garden on the Side," Southern Living, October 1983, p 96
Garden featured in Gregory Waldrop, "Flower Show," Dallas-Fort Worth Home & Garden, June 1985, pp. 99-103
Garden featured in Betsy A. Ritz, "Dallasite Turns Urban Lot into Tranquil Escape," Texas Gardener, January/February 1986, pp. 32-34
Garden featured in Jim Wison, Victory Garden, PBS, 1987
Garden featured in Mary Malouf, "The Friendship Garden," Dallas-Fort Worth Home & Garden, April 1987, pp. 53-58.
Garden featured in Rita Strickland, "Going for a Scenic Drive," Southern Living, October 1991
Garden featured in Pam Johnson, "Naturally Beautiful: A Driveway Becomes a Tranquil Retreat," Southern Living
Garden featured in Maggie Oster, Japanese Gardens in America (Dutton Studio Books)
Garden featured in several articles in Dallas Morning News
Garden featured in Elizabeth Simnacher, "Now & Zen," Dallas Home Design, September/October 2000, pp. 70-78