A park of one's own

From a bare lot to a forest

A park of one's own

A square stone wall frames nine 'Natchez White' crape myrtles. Surrounding it are bands of blue fescue ornamental grass interspersed with lawn. The view below shows the thicket from a distance.

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Beverly Hills ― More than 200 trees turned this formerly barren lot into a woodland. "The transformation from bare lot to verdant forest is amazing," one juror remarked. "That's why we love plants."

The goal for designers Mia Lehrer, Esther Margulies, and Sara Fairchild was to screen the neighborhood from the large contemporary home. In the process, they created the illusion that the house had been built in a park.


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