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READER PHOTOS! Robert and Nancy’s garden in Washington state

The Spirit Arbor. Twisted black trunks of concrete grow from the ground, a free form wall being built in the background.  2 WAYS TO ENLARGE! Click directly on the photo to enlarge in a pop-up, or click HERE to see this image, larger, in a new browser window
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Robert Fairfax

Today’s photos are from Robert Fairfax in Washington state. Robert says, “Nancy and I live in Snohomish, Washington, on 5 acres of woodland garden. I’m an artist and have made several concrete or resin sculptures and bas relief walls that are sited throughout the landscape. It is both a joy and a curse living with the many native animals that populate or visit this garden. Here are a few scenes from around the garden.”

Last Fall; Hosta dying down with an evergreen Beesia poking through.
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Robert Fairfax

Oh, I am in LOVE, Robert. That arbor and those walls are DREAMY! Please send more photos…

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Trail bench by vine maples, native skunk cabbage in background, dwarf cranberry to right.  The trails that wind through the property are close to one mile in total length.
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Robert Fairfax
Plant combination: left to right: (Cimicifuga) Actaea racemosa ‘Diablo’, Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’, Physocarpus opulifolious ‘Coppertina’
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Robert Fairfax
Earth Code wall made of pigmented and stained concrete. A dwarf honeysuckle on the left and Carex ‘Ice Dance’.
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Robert Fairfax
Web Wall; concrete walls, heather or heath (not sure) in foreground, concrete sculpture.
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Robert Fairfax
During Spring cleanup, potted plant was eaten by deer in winter, old tree root ball with mosses, worn out wheelbarrow.
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Robert Fairfax

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  1. nadwa 06/27/2012

    When we take something from nature and the beauty of another shape, with our own hands .. Appear more beautiful painting

    very nice

  2. tractor1 06/27/2012


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    meander_michaele 06/27/2012

    Robert, your artwork is stunning...the landscape pieces are mysterious and intriguing and yet very harmonious with their garden setting. The picture with the entangled tree roots and moss reminds us that Mother Nature is the ultimate artist. I visited your website and have to confess that I am not familiar with the word 'fenulent' which you use in the title of your wrinkled half globe type objects. Is it a word of your own creation?
    Forgive me for my banal word choice but your work in your other category Fractal Art is amazing.

  4. bethnbijoux 06/27/2012

    Love, love, love your work and how you have incorporated it into your landscape. Stunning and beautiful! Perhaps one day I will add a sculptural element to my yard. Thanks for sharing! (Like Michelle, I'd enjoy seeing more pics, too!)

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 06/27/2012

    WOW! You seem to have really achieved balance and integration between the art and the garden.

  6. annek 06/27/2012

    Other-Wordly! You have a very effective vision for an unusual, yet natural environment. Kudos to your imagination.

  7. TeriCA 06/27/2012

    I absolutely love the cement tree trunks and trellis. Your imagination and sculptural abilities are so apparent, as well as your designing capabilities!!

  8. pattyspencer 06/27/2012

    I agree with Tractor1 - interesting. I sorta do like the cement trees and keep thinking it would be perfect in The Game of Thrones setting. My favorite picture tho is the 3rd one with the dying hosta and green Beesia - reminds me of the circle of life - as something dies another is born.

  9. tractor1 06/27/2012

    I wish the plants/trees in that first picture were sharper, from what I can see I imagine they're lovely. Earlier I didn't know what to think but upon returning it struck me that I found those cement things disturbing, I appreciate artistry but I'm not a fan of that macabre scifi schitk... I know that some enjoy the occult but I don't.

  10. jlittle14 06/27/2012

    Your Art is fantastic, I am a landscape designer and I have always wanted to learn concrete sculpting.

  11. cwheat000 06/28/2012

    I have admired the dying foliage of hosta before, but never thought to photograph it. You have an eye for art. Your yard has some wonderful moss. Cool ancient vibe. I love your choice of plants in the last photo.

  12. janetsfolly 06/29/2012

    I'm not too crazy about the arbor...makes me feel unbalanced! But I LOVE Earth Code and the Web wall shot. The organic connections/reflections are perfect in their setting. And the vertical sculpture looks ready to shout for joy! I would love to visit your garden, Robert, and just get lost! Thanks so much for sharing.

  13. user-7007052 09/05/2014

    I like the rock that looks like an elephant.

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