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A Find and Reveal Garden

The upper inner garden is where visitors tend to congregate. 

Let's continue our tour of Irvin & Pauline Faria's autumn garden in Carmichael, California. 

"For those who visit the garden it normally takes about 45 minutes to complete the experience of a hide-and-reveal atmosphere as they walk along numerous paths that repeatedly shift direction in a zigzag pattern. Unexpected vistas provide fresh views of familiar features that one might already have seen from other angles. This is the unique quality we attempted to achieve in our stroll-type garden. A bridge crossing a creek leads to a waiting pavilion “Machiai” and sitting bench for visitors can pause and look closely from where they came and whatever is near. Through our garden design we have attempted to satisfy our need to stay in touch and exist in harmony with wild nature. It has been our fortune to have a garden sanctuary set apart form the everyday world."

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Crimson Queen Japanese maple displaying its delicate deep cut leaves.

A V Corbin Japanese maple with its sharp yellow foliage.

Sherwood Flame characterized by its purple-red foliage and multiple branching.

Creek-side south garden.

The Oregon sunset Japanese maple that is known for its beautiful plum red foliage.

A collage of autumn foliage.

Creek-side nature preserve with a deer looking for its fawn.

Visitors sitting pavilion in the nature preserve area of the garden.

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    meander_michaele 12/15/2015

    This is such an endlessly fascinating many details large and small are in such beautiful harmony with each other. I had to look hard to spot the deer...which obviously, also, appreciates this special sanctuary.

  2. user-3565112 12/15/2015

    This garden seems to go on and on with beautiful vistas & it's impossible for me to pick a favorite. This garden is perfectly planned & is outstanding. Good luck , Joe

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 12/15/2015

    Thanks for sharing more images of your sanctuary retreat. Such a pleasure to view the photos that I can imagine how much more wonderful it must be to enjoy it in person!

  4. VikkiVA 12/15/2015

    Your garden is drool worthy! Who could ever get enough of a Japanese maple showing off its color in fall? Thank you for sharing. Vikki in VA

  5. GrannyMay 12/15/2015

    Thank you for sharing! Beautiful at any time, Japanese maples are especially striking in their fall colours. I wonder if you allow the deer access to all of your property, or are there some areas from which they are excluded?

  6. GrannyCC 12/15/2015

    Wonderful garden. The Japanese Maples are the star.

  7. schatzi 12/15/2015

    Magnificent! This is one garden I would love to stroll in person. The Japanese maples are glorious and the wildlife just adds to the beauty. What a wonderful place to live with nature.

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    LindaonWhidbey 12/15/2015

    Here I was thinking that you must have a deer fence around all of these beautiful trees, but apparently not. While the deer don't eat our Maples, they will still taste them, rut against them and occasionally chew the bark. Do they pose a problem for you? Oh, and once again, thanks for giving us a glimpse into your gorgeous garden.

  9. janeeliz 12/15/2015

    Your garden is extra-ordinary, as are the photos. Wish it were nearer to visit in person.

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    HelloFromMD 12/16/2015

    Love the concept of a stroll garden. A perfect amount of time to stroll. I bet at the end your visitors feel refreshed with their spirits uplifted. I would love to visit, but live in Maryland. Thanks for sharing with us and Merry Christmas

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