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CHINESE STYLE POND GARDEN - Half-acre hilltop overlooking Lake Phalen, St. Paul, MN. Features extensive water conservation including rain gardens partially funded by grants.
PARKWAY MONTESSORI 'DRY' WATER GARDEN - The design for this karesansui featuring a sea of gravel was based on dioramas built by middle school students, who helped build it in the May of 2016. The dry bed flows with water from a hidden spout draining the roof!
Can Can Wonderland - Landscape artist for Hole #13, Zen Zen Garden, and for the waterfall and river bisecting the platform for Holes #1-6, and the landforms of Hole #7.
Backyard Buddhist Retreat - The homeowners are practitioners of mindful and artful living and embraced my design incorporating abstracted Taoist and Buddhist elements.
Miniature and Manicured Landscapes - I started learning bonsai in 2004. I was most drawn to miniature landscapes, so I studied nature and the Japanese and Chinese masters to learn the art form. Then I went full size in land forming and tree sculpting.
Managing Water with 'Dry' Water Gardens - Karesansui are the classic 'Zen' gardens but also include dry stream beds and waterfalls. Clever use of rain gardening techniques can result in magical transformations during rainstorms.
Structure and Hardscape - Landscapes need structure to inhibit movement of earth, manage water, and allow human access and emotional response.