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The Foundations of Lee’s Garden: Topography, Fractals, and Planting Design

Articles: The Foundations of Lee’s Garden: Topography, Fractals, and Planting Design

View from highpoint of garden across lawn to newly realized view of San Francisco Bay. Photographs by Saxon Holt, except as noted
[sidebar]Nothing exists without form and color, and that form and color are in perfect harmony with other beings. And there is no trouble. For a plant or stone to be natural is no problem. But for us there is some problem, indeed a big problem. To be natural is something we must work on.
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Upon slipping an iron latch, the wooden gate on a narrow street above Sausalito opens into the garden’s uppermost corner, where a well-established Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) spreads its canopy over a ground cover of ferns, contrasting shade-loving foliage, and a large hydrangea. The maple is the focal point of the upper garden, and its prospect from the second story of the house is treasured by owner Lee Flynn, whose early experiences in her grandmother Idy’s garden in Portland, Oregon, fostered the landscape sensibilities that now shaped her own garden.

From the upper corner, one descends a paved walkway that curves to the left and right, p...

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