Magazine article Sunset

Tea Garden

Magazine article Sunset

Tea Garden

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The inspiration for Richard Faylor's teahouse garden came from his seven-year stay in Osaka, Japan, where he worked as a writer. "The Japanese have figured out how to borrow a little piece of nature and immerse themselves in it," he says.


After a hectic workday in Boise, Faylor dons a pair of slippers, strolls into his backyard, and sits back in his teahouse. Reclining on the futon, he gazes upon goldfish and koi swirling in the nearby pond and listens to softly falling water.

Faylor built the teahouse himself in just a few days. The redwood-framed structure, which measures 7 feet wide, 6 feet long, and 4 feet, 4 inches tall, has a concrete-tile roof. In the evening, a lamp provides gentle reading light and illuminates a pattern in the wall (shown top left).

A patio of pavers laid on sand links the teahouse with the pond. Faylor dug the pond 2 feet deep, lined it with rubber sheeting, built waterfalls at both ends, and installed a recirculating pump.

The lean planting scheme includes Hall's honeysuckle, a Japanese maple, and Oregon grape. …

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