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Publication Date: 2015-03-19

Inspiration

Hidden Gardens

Though secluded in their Turtle Creek neighborhood, a series of outdoor “rooms” keep a family living amid nature.

When one thinks of city living, nature isn’t the first word that springs to mind. But nestled behind a home in the heart of Dallas are verdant secret gardens, abundant with flora and fauna, woodland, marble fountains, and even a meandering creek.

The idea behind this lush oasis began seventeen years ago, when the homeowner bought the three-acre property. She loved the quirky character of the 1930’s-era house. “They don’t design them like this anymore,” she says. She also loved the land, with its clusters of stately live oaks, but she felt the grounds didn’t serve the needs of her four very active young boys. “I wanted a garden that was very natural, alluring to children, that would draw them out.”

So she asked Ben Page, a noted landscape architect based in Nashville, to take on the project. One major issue, Page says, was that “there weren’t many convenient ways to get in and out of the house through the landscape. It didn’t tie together with the house.”

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This story appeared in the Spring 2015 issue of MILIEU. Landscape Architecture by Ben Page | Produced by Shannon Bowers | Photography by Ann Stratton | Written by Donna Wilkinson

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