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What happens when hard (pavement) meets soft (plantings) in your yard? Modern art you can walk on

Photo by Andrea Gómez Romero; written by Kathleen N. Brenzel


‘TifSport’ Bermuda grass weaves a double helix through this flagstone walkway at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa in Ojai, California. To create the carpetlike effect, the designer framed the rectangular space with wood, then laid 4-inch-wide blue-board foam as a placeholder for the pattern. After installing the paving, she removed the foam, filled the resulting 4-inch-wide channels with soil, then planted the sod. The grass gets mowed, as needed, with a weed eater—“very carefully!” says caretaker Brian Ramsey.


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