East Vancouver Character Home

After a number of trips the England to explore the Chelsea Flower Show I decided to develop my first conceptual garden on my own property.

I wanted to create a yin yang pond to symbolize balance in life. In my design the tree in line with the water feature symbolizes life and the energy given out by the world and this energy translocates outwards as water.

The black globe is symbolic in the fact that this concept impacts us all. The black wood stakes curving around the feature is a reference for my love of the ocean.

The obstacles

The grades were critical for the water feature to flow perfectly by gravity. We needed to ensure that it would not over flow but at the same time the water would pass through the slots cut into the stone at a speed significant enough to become a visual feature.

The final product

I finished the garden off with some low lying perennials such as penisetum, huchera, and miscanthus. I added some structure with pink roses, spiraea and a beautiful cornus ‘stellar white’. The side garden was created with a mix of perennials for sun and shade and contained some random rectilinear cut granite.

In the backyard I followed a curvilinear design with a cobble and pea-gravel driveway, seating area for my tenants and finally I renovated the shed for my garden and carpentry tools.

Eventually after a few years I decided that I wanted more of a funtional space to sit and have coffee in the morning so I filled the water feature in and developed the seating area you see in the first few images of this project.