The four-acre property described as a cool retreat in Dallas is shaded by a canopy of old native cedar elm trees and has a stone grotto built into an artificial hillside that was designed to add instant age. The new property, owned since 1982, has a stone circle fire pit overlooking Bachman Creek, a terraced rose and herb garden with gravel paths behind an ornamental iron gate, parterre gardens, a chicken coop, a dog kennel with a courtyard, a children's play yard and playhouse, and a rectangular swimming pool surrounded by another pool for koi. Other outbuildings include a cabana next to the pool, a dual purpose guest house and gym, and a greenhouse. The grotto is constructed of boulder outcroppings sheathed in fig vines with an elaborate shell mosaic in the interior and is used for dining. Along the driveway to the house there are dense plantings of mature trees, lawns and naturalized areas. Closer in the manicured lawns are divided by stone walkways and crossed by stepping stones. Color is provided by magnolias, azaleas, a wisteria trained up the house's exterior iron staircase, roses, tall bearded iris, jasmine and verbena. Seasonal plantings in the parterres and in urns on the bluestone terrace include pansies, begonias, caladium, pintas, periwinkle, daffodils and tulips. Low dry stone walls are used to delineate the different areas of the property.
Persons associated with the garden include: Paul Fields (landscape architect, 2008); Susan Grantham (landscape architect, 2008); Rosa Finsley (landscape architect, 2014); Matt Stevens of Texas Garden Services (landscape design, 2014); Connie Chantillis (shell mosaic artist, 2008); Watkins Ornamental Iron (fencing and gates, 2005).
The folder includes worksheets and photocopies of the shell mosaic interior of the grotto.