By Kim Charles

Pamela Pierce from Eugene, Oregon, has created a new favorite destination within her garden setting.

"I have been gardening in our typically sized (small) urban lot for 16 years. I used to think the challenge was how do I make room for all the plants, trees and shrubs that I must have... but I now realize that the real trick is creating space within space to make the small garden bigger. I began to think about this after visiting the Chinese garden in Portland...the garden is only one city block but it feels so much bigger and does not have a massive amount of plants, yet there are so many "vistas" and rooms you can get lost- it's magical and masterful. Recently I redid a little seating area changing only two things, I redid patio by adding a pebble mosaic and changed the seating from bistro style to adirondack chairs, we already have main seating area closer to the house but this little (previously never used) area has become a favorite destination."

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