Built for a client who loved to walk her gardens, a newly united landscape offers an array of different encounters. From Kyoto-inspired front gardens to rolling swales of meadows, this special Rhode Island landscape was transformed into a series of garden rooms designed to satisfy the wanderlust of the explorer, the stillness of the poet.

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One of the most changed areas of the property is the front garden, which was converted from a simple walkway to a complex, layered courtyard of Japanese influence. Utilizing existing conifers and impeccably crafted masonry, this front garden is truly a new jewel in the client’s home. With corresponding accents to match the Michigan-style of the home, Hoerr Schaudt married this beautiful new garden to its surroundings.

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Continuing throughout the property, an expanded perennial garden coaxes birds and butterflies onto the property, and a renovated potting shed improves views from the bedroom and study. Towards the coast, the landscape takes another turn into a dwarf conifer garden at the cusp of boulder-dotted stream. Several of the dwarf conifers were cherished possessions of the clients, collected over time. Hoerr Schaudt gave them a proper setting, expanding upon the garden and adding specimens from all over the Midwest and East Coast.

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At the edges of the dwarf conifer garden, the adjacent meadow cascades over the boulders for an effortless transition, expanding into a curved swale of artfully mown and unmown portions. The planted seasonal bulb added a multitude of textures and colors for varied interest all season long, further attracting wildlife to the property.

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