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Cleveland Park Writer's Fancy
This contemplative garden offering views to Washington's National Cathedral is at once refreshing and sophisticated. A weeping Cherry and a weeping Katsura tree drape the corners of the natural stone pool. We worked in collaboration with the client to imbue the garden with an organic flow, a painterly quality, and an experiential walk to the writing studio. The view down from the writer's studio to the Arts and Crafts house is rewarding to the climber! Using the existing grades to save the trees, waterfalls were tied into the elevation with a series of pools leading to the sculptural final waterfall. Each boulder was hand picked by the client to be evocative of summers spent in Maine. An evolving herbaceous border runs the length of the lawn, parallel to the pool. An irregular stone pool coping is set in the lawn. A bright mix of colorful shrub plantings sit atop the retaining wall above the pool edge on the west side, with woodland plantings and a collection of succulents massed at the waters edge on the hillside rising to the writer's studio.
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