A park of one's own

From a bare lot to a forest

Lauren Bonar Swezey

An irregular stone path meanders through the grounds, connecting the various gardens: a square thicket containing nine crape myrtles in rows of three; a circular fountain surrounded by tulip trees (Liriodendron tulipifera 'Arnold'); and an amphitheater with a firepit. Bands of blue fescue ornamental grass interspersed with sections of lawn are among the most striking elements. This garden is all about fabulous textures, one juror noted.

DESIGN: Mia Lehrer + Associates, Los Angeles (213/384-3844)

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