A Beautiful, Practical Garden: the Meyerson Residence by Troy Rhone Gardens

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If you’re a hydrangea fan, you’re going to love ambling through this garden, as put together by Troy Rhone Gardens — there are banks and banks of them in this Meyerson family’s yard, edging the sweeping lawn and lending their blues, lavenders, and mauves to the side of stone paths. It also pleases those who are fans of symmetry: notice the carefully trimmed ornamental shrubs in four corners off the patio, with a cozy wrought-iron bench to one side. Not to be outdone, this garden also caters to those who love brick and stone work: notice the ornamental carved trim on the initial plate in one wall, the carved supports for a shelf, the concrete benches. Whatever “garden” says to you, in fact, you’ll probably find it here.

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If it’s ivy-covered brick you’re fond of, there’s an abundance of that: see the magnificent curved brick wall that is literally a lush alcove of it. Fountain fans, take note — in the middle of that gorgeous mass of ivy, note the ram’s head with water trickling around it. Maybe best of all, if “garden” conveys a hideaway to you, check out the “treehouse” off the end of the path, at the edge of deep woods. But there’s no stuffiness in this yard, either; it’s family-friendly, with outdoor patio seating enough for a crowd and a lawn big enough to play plenty of games. So whether you enjoy some candlelight on a quiet bench, serve dinner under the umbrellas, or indulge in cutting several bouquets for the house…this garden is functional, beautiful, and above all, livable.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).