I was hired to redesign the whole property but the emphasis was on the back yard. The homeowners wanted to make their outdoor space more liveable - the different areas more cohesive with an emphasis on outdoor entertaining. The homeowners had just completed an extensive interior remodel of their kitchen and living area so that is where I gained inspiration for the materials that were going to be used outdoors. I used a color palette for the stone work on the outdoor kitchen and fireplace that was similar to the tile in the kitchen. For the backsplash on the cook island we used fused and frosted glass by the same artist who fabricated the indoor bar.

The deck was a rather unusable space: narrow with only a tight and misplaced stairway to get down to a lower patio area. The lower patio had an old, built-in hot tub that the homeowners never used, and also a portable greenhouse and many types of containers to grow vegetables. Off the deck in the other direction was a gravel area that had served as a dog yard for the previous owner. There was a small lawn area and an overgrown perennial bed. The rest of the property had mature trees that provide shade for the west facing deck.


The homeowners love to grow vegetables but we did not want the raised beds to be a focal point. It is now tucked in a sunny corner of the yard partially screened by the fireplace. During construction of this area we ran into a swimming pool that had been covered up by previous homeowners. The contractor hammered and chipped away at it with very little success. As a result the space had to be smaller than originally planned, but it is still functional. Additional garden spaces around the perimeter were already established and they had a good collection of perennials. I helped them to embellish the beds with an updated planting scheme that provides color and interest just about year round. We created privacy and screening from neighboring homes with clumping bamboo.


And lastly, I was faced with the challenge of covering the outdoor kitchen and dining area with a structure that would keep them dry and  provide shade from the afternoon sun but not darken the interior of the home. After coming up with several concepts of wood and other types of structures we landed on the idea of using a fabric "structure" to cover the area. The backyard space is now an entertaining delight for these homeowners. It is able to handle large parties or small intimate gatherings. It gives them the privacy they need and has just enough space to garden and grow vegetables. We hope you enjoy it!

Tim Gabriel Blacksmtih


Tim Gabriel grew up in Baker City, Oregon, where he first discovered his appreciation for all things old. He began welding and forging in high school, and continued his craft into community college. During his service in the U.S. Navy, Tim was a ship fitter and worked on an anvil in the Navy shop.

Later, while Tim was working as a millwright he became fast friends with an old-timer who shared his love for metal work. This gentleman bestowed his many years of knowledge upon Tim, and Tim continued to hone his blacksmithing craft during his free time.

After working professionally in a variety of highly skilled metal fabrication positions, Tim now practices blacksmithing fulltime. He is committed to his craft and continues to expand his capabilities and talents through professional memberships, conferences, and workshops.

“Blacksmithing is the beginning of the food chain,” Tim said, explaining, “The blacksmith makes the tools for all the other crafts.”

Tim finds the self-sustaining aspect of blacksmithing appealing – the fact that he can make something from nothing by using the most basic elements of metal and fire. He makes many of his own tools; designed and built his own workshop: included an innovative venting system and even constructed his own forge.



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2014 Designers

Barbara Hilty, APLD
Barbara Hilty Landscape Design LLC

Adriana Berry, APLD
Plant Passion Design LLC

Marina Wynton
Olivine Land, LLC

Laura Crockett
Garden Diva

Bruce Hegna
Nurture/Nature Landscape Design LLC

Donna Giguere, APLD
Donna Giguere Landscape Design

Darcy Daniels
Bloomtown Gardens

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2016 Tour Sponsors


Custom Yard Construction LLC

PGM Landscape

All Season Plants


Advance Camera, Inc.

Autumn Leaf Landscaping

Cascadian Nurseries

Collier Arbor Care
A Division of Bartlett
Tree Experts

D&J Landscape Contractors

DeSantis Landscapes

J.P. Stone Contractors Inc.

j. Walter Landscape & Irrigation Contractor

Juanes Landscape

Tryon Creek Landscape Inc.

2016 Designers

Helena Wagner
4 Seasons Gardens, LLC

Lucy Hardiman and
Susan LaTourette
Perennial Partners

Linda Hannan
Hannan Garden Design

Bruce Hegna
Landscape Design

Lora Price
Design with Nature

Amy Whitworth
Plan-it-Earth Design

Annie Bamberger
Annie Bam Landscape Solutions

Alyse Lansing
Alyse Lansing Garden Design

Barbara Hilty, APLD
Barbara Hilty Landscape Design

2014 Artists

David Best
Best Services

Mike Suri
Suri Iron

Linda Ernst
Dancing Ladies Garden

Dorothy Steel
Dorothy Steele Pottery

Patrick Gracewood
Gracewood Studio

Zoe Bacon


2013 Designers

ANLD Designers Showcasing Their Work on the 2013 Tour

 Vern Nelson
The Hungry Gardener

Laura Crockett
Garden Diva Designs, LLC

Lori Scott
Lori Scott Landscape Design

John Gawlista & Izzy Baptista
Lapis Lazuli Tile & Garden Design and
Professional Grounds Management (PGM)
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Debbie Brooks
Creative Garden Spaces

Adriana Berry
Plant Passion Design, LLC

Alyse Lansing
Joy Creek Nursery

2013 Artists

Each artist will be using one garden as their temporary gallery, showcasing how art and the landscape mutually enhance one another. Artists will be on hand to answer questions.

Ryan Beard
Victoria Shaw
Jennifer Ellsworth
Ben Dye
Gina Nash
Ivan Mclean
Jeannette Mullane
Chris Schwartz