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The entry garden offers a protected terrace for the owners; pitcher plants (Sarracenia species) grow in a bog garden contained within a round galvanized water tank. Photographs by RGT

The first impression upon arriving at Mary Rae’s beachfront home was, “Where is the garden?” The house nestled into the site, positioned to take in expansive views of Puget Sound and the distant mountains. While the scenery was wonderful, the garden was not. She had inherited a non-garden, and she knew that it needed help. Lots of help! We asked her to describe what she wanted out of the redesigned spaces and were told that they should be fun. The family used the house year round, but the garden only in the warmer months. Deer run rampant throughout the neighborhood, but we knew that there would be no realistic way to enclose even a portion of the beachside garden without destroying the wide-open feeling. We all agreed, however, that the street side would be enclosed with a fence, which would help create an intimate entry courtyard. We wanted a protected spot where the homeowners could sit outdoors and enjoy some part of the gar...

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