By: Kim Charles

Wayne Gruber, a horticulturist for over 35 years, showcases his home that sits on an acre of rolling hills overlooking Hermit's Lake, a private 33-acre lake in Crowne Point, Indiana.

"My various garden settings are created for both beauty and purpose.

The shade garden is used for testing the shade tolerance of newer plant varieties as well as traditional shade plants. The lakeside garden is filled with plants that are both beautiful and useful for erosion control. The multiple sun gardens are filled with brightly colored annuals and some of the newest perennials coming to the market. The 40’ stream garden serves as a focal point for a private outdoor room, that is enjoyed from both inside and outside the home. A custom built mirrored garage door reflects the garden views of the stream and lake.  Throughout the yard are specimen trees carefully placed to enhance the landscape views. A large number of windows in the home, allow for the outdoor landscape rooms to become an extension of the indoors. This property ultimately reflects my adoration for new plants, innovative outdoor spaces and the love of Horticulture!"

Photographs by Scott Johnsen -- Crowne Point, Indiana

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