Sonoma Garden Style
Thomas J. Story

Peaceful Simplicity

What do Skinner and Heisterberg like best about their garden? "It's easy," Skinner says. "It looks right, feels right." And no passport is required. A grove of fruitless 'Swan Hill' olive trees leads to a backyard with a series of pocket patios, a dunking pool, and bocce court. Because crushed stone covers the ground right up to the foliage, the planting areas have no defined edges. "The Japanese call this technique kansei, meaning 'peaceful simplicity'," says designer Harris. Adds Skinner: "My husband doesn't want to cut grass, and I'm not a gardener. We got the idea for crushed-stone mulch in Italy." SOURCE:Landscape Design: Paul Harris, Imagine Sonoma, Sonoma, CA 

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