Magazine article Sunset

3 Your Backyard Type Is Relaxed

Magazine article Sunset

3 Your Backyard Type Is Relaxed

Article excerpt

No need to rush to the spa to decompress. The solution, and the best salve of all--nature--is right outs de your backdoor. Portland garden designer Susan LaTourette has only to walk a few feet to a raised deck to feel like she's found a more tranquil space. Getting there via a raised plank makes her feel she's walked onto a boat dock, she says--except that she looks down on a sea of green. When LaTojrette needs a more serious break, she can hike deep into the garden to a small structure en stilts surrounded by maples and conifers. Or she can stop at any number of inviting spots in-between, DESIGN Susan LaTourette, Creativescaping, Portland (503/421-2804)

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What Works

* MULTIPLE HIDEAWAYS Little nooks within the garden make you feel like you've escaped civilization.

* EVOKING HAPPY MEMORIES your nooks should remind you of joyful moments: playing in a treehouse, sunbathing on a dock, strolling through a park. …

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