This year’s garden tour features five magnificent properties that show off the beauty of our island, an Art Bazaar of local artists showing and selling their work in the VCA lobby, and a garden-inspired exhibition of local artists in the Koch Gallery.

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Garden #4

This property was originally conceived and designed as a Japanese “pond and stroll garden.” Current owners Larry Meyer and Tyler Benjamin have worked diligently to bring it back to its original form after years of overgrowth that nearly swallowed the original design and details.

The Japanese-inspired rock work and three-tiered pond and stream comprise the central structure of the backyard space. Unearthing and restoring water feature structures has been central to the renovation of this lovely garden. An outdoor seating space with vine-covered pergola anchors and overlooks the water, creating a starting place for the visitor’s stroll.

The current owners have nurtured the original Japanese maples and evergreens back to healthy life and have added many others throughout the space. Views of the Olympics on the west side of the rear yard enhance the Zen-like feeling.

As the property continues to reveal old details and new ideas, the owners are excited about the possibilities of continuing to enhance the natural landscape around them.