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Zen Butterfly Beach

A quiet gentleman, with plans to remodel his house--possibly consuming part of the yard--wants a Japanese sensibility, wildness, the beach, and private areas.

Design Challenge

Replace the existing white rock carpet, two junipers, and one Mayten tree with a unified, dual purpose--one long-lasting, one temporary garden.

Design Solution

A pebble and gravel beach with "raft," "pier," and "deck" evoke a Japanese sensibility in the long-lasting garden. The temporary garden manifests metamorphosis with butterfly attracting plants. Over time, plants will provide the wildness, and "walls" for private areas.


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