Backyard landscaping ideas create gathering spots

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Written by: Hillary Copsey

Carol Wilson is a keen gardener who worked hard to make the yard of her Hyde Park home beautiful. But, with her son in college and her daughter graduating high school, she was enjoying new hobbies, thinking about the future and in need of a project.

What Carol had was a pretty yard with a big chunk of unseen and somewhat unusable space thanks to a steep slope at the back of the property, which is just less than an acre. What she wanted was a gorgeous and welcoming space just as practical for large parties as for a quiet dinner for two. She wanted a back yard that could be a gathering spot for the families her children might one day have.

“I just kept thinking, ‘Wouldn't it be wonderful if they could get married here?’” Carol says.

Hours of discussion with a landscape architect, years of work and 50 tons of stone later, Carol has the yard of her dreams.


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