Homeowners Carol Horvath and Rick Hafele had just purchased their new home in Wilsonville’s Villebois in 2013, when they approached designer Adriana Berry, FAPLD to transform their lot to maximize the outdoor experience of their very small yard. Both enjoy being in nature. They wanted to transform their empty side yard into a lush, contemplative garden; a restful and sumptuous place for dining and casual entertaining, with space for Carol (an accomplished basket weaver and sculptor) to create her artwork. Experience the transformation of their very small yard into a lovely natural tapestry garden.
Enter a hidden garden full of blooming perennials, shrubs, and trees…a peaceful place in a suburb of closely-built two-story homes. Italian cypress, rose-covered arbors, and clematis provide privacy while framing a fountain. Wisteria covers a pergola over a hot tub. Espaliered fruiting trees, berries, and more thrive in a sunny corner, while a remembrance garden is tucked into another corner’s deep shade. Enjoy this hidden oasis listening to the fountain while birds’ songs fill your ears. The garden, like all gardens, has been changing over time, nurtured by the enthusiastic home owners and in collaboration with Barbara Hilty, Landscape Designer.
Peaceful and simple French country living in an up and coming Lake Oswego neighborhood. Clean lines and uncluttered plantings bring relaxation and ease of care. A beautiful clear cedar fence on top of concrete wall provides unparalleled privacy from adjoining neighbors while the water feature and custom Rumford-style fireplace give the main flagstone patio charm and interest. Sit under the white rose covered pergola while taking in the clean and organized lines of the large garden area. Decomposed granite walkways mingle throughout Cor-Ten steel planter boxes. Simple benches nestled amongst the garden area give peaceful reflection.
The Smith’s garden is unlike any other garden in their area, effortlessly directing the passerby to pause and take in its natural beauty. It is a landscape designer’s playground - complete with full sun to dense shade and varied elevations throughout the property. Designed to be a natural and free flowing garden, plants can grow as intended among the large boulders and bluestone features carried throughout the property. Outdoor living is the focus here with ample space for everyday living and entertaining. From vegetable gardening to gathering around the built in firepit, this garden was meant for engagement.
The Huggett property contains colorful personal plantings set within a modern scheme of concrete, pavers, and gravel. Expertly cultivated vegetables grow in raised quarter-circles of rusty steel. A balance of privacy and open friendly space has been created with evergreen hedges, wood screens, a fabric shade that raises and lowers, and a unique speak-easy neighbor window. Carefully selected trees include Tuscarora Crepe Myrtle, Akebono Cherry and Forest Pansy Redbud. The circle motif is emphasized with a lovely wood-and-steel pergola and a curved yew hedge. A long axis of clean gravel path allows sight lines clear across the garden.
When Dayle Wedeking embarked on her adventures as a gardener she couldn’t have foreseen how her burgeoning interest in plants would alter her life and property. With the addition of hardscape, beds and borders and a large palette of plants, her large Tudor home became connected to the land and neighborhood in a visceral way. Ebullient beds, borders, and plant combinations break all the conventional rules common in traditional suburban gardens. A growing collection of clematis is gracefully integrated into the fabric of the garden. Pathways circle the garden allowing gardener and visitor alike to be at one with the plants and design…gardening in 3D.
Changing lawn shapes and adding curvilinear beds to Sue Cassidy’s front garden was just the first step in her education as a gardener. This country property has grown into a garden that honors the sense of place, reveres the history of those that came before, celebrates incredible views and provides outdoor living spaces for family and friends. Conifers, deciduous trees, textural grasses, shrubs, perennials and ground covers are woven in tapestries providing rhythm and year-round interest. Big borders play to the expansive site and views while smaller spaces offer intimacy and respite.