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From Boring to Beautiful

Our winning design turns a ho-hum landscape into a spectacular garden for the home owners and passersby

Fine Gardening - Issue 153

We’ve all been there—standing amid tired plantings and lackluster hardscaping, longing for a professional designer to come along and transform our landscape into a garden worthy of . . . well, a magazine feature. The staff of Fine Gardening spotted just such a garden and, with the home owners’ permission, invited designers and landscape architects from across the United States and Canada to demonstrate how each would transform this specific space. All contestants were given a photograph of the front yard, along with infor­mation about the area: dimensions, light exposure, and site-specific considerations, including requests by the property owners to replace or dress up the entrance, leave a space for their pet schnauzer to run, and create a bit of privacy without blocking off the neighborhood. Designers submitted plans using a hardiness zone of their choice.

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