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Featured in Sunset Magazine

Sunset Magazine We are proud to have been featured in Sunset Magazine twice in 2004. I encourage you to pick up a copy and have a look, or use one of the links below.
  • "A Magical Space" (505 KB, PDF)
    P. 56, August 2004 Issue

  • "Holes in a Wall" (374 KB, PDF)
    P. 58, November 2004 Issue
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    — Jay Ferguson

    Design / Construction
    Stone — Water — Landscape

    Artisan Gardens presents a design aproach which combines recognizable elements of gardens from around the world, with a deep philosophical respect for regional native plant, and rock associations. Regional context is held to be synonymous with large scale native trees and shrubs, as well as lush native perennial and evergreen ground cover. Large stone placement takes the organization of the landscape a step further, providing the garden with "bone structure". This mostly familiar background is now purposefully contrasted by more exotic plantings, and even eclectic garden artwork — highly personalized furnishings found to be consistent with sound design principles. Modernity is not eschewed, and certain highly regarded traditions are likewise embraced and fathomed, leading to inspired garden-making.

    A great garden begins with a simple, well organized plan. Circulation is established as having a top priority. Pedestrian traffic helps define a garden's over-all character. How do people get around in the garden? What do visitors experience consistently in terms of plant material, objects (including buildings within the landscape), other people, and wildlife? Special features such as ponds, and wildlife thickets also provide natural obstacles for paths to contend with. Stone naturally contributes to this framework while providing endless variety in color, texture, shape and size. When covered with moss, and dripping with plantings these same stones are rarely completely visible and yet seldom are they hidden.

    The garden is seen as a place having multiple functions. It is a place to gather friends together. It is a place for recreation and contemplation. It is both resource and habitat, adding real value to the home. More than all of this however, the garden is held to be a source for endless fascination and spiritual renewel.

    — Jay Ferguson


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