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Posted Jan 22 2009 6:27pm

I was invited for a consultation to the garden below . The homeowner, an avid gardener, wanted my advice on how to improve it. She had been gardening for many years and already had a very good beginning. Wiith a few additions and re-arrangements the garden was completed. The most unusual thing about this little urban sanctuary is that it is smack dab in the middle of tall skyscrapers. Imagine hundreds of eyes peering down on you from above.

Urban courtyard with winding paths and planter beds is perfect for small garden.

A lovely low deck with a bench and overhanging Hawthorn tree .

The front garden needed the most help-the bed was too narrow and needed enlarging and there was also hardly any structural shrubs so we went shopping at the garden center and selected a Korean lilac and some large boxwoods for evergreen interest.

I haven't been by the grand old mansion that has been on that busy street for a hundred years. I heard that she sold the house. I can't bear the thought that the beautiful garden she worked so hard on for many years is gone. No doubt there's a huge condo building there now.
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