The Art-full Garden – A Japanese-Inspired Garden
This garden reflects the creative efforts of a mighty team: Christie Dustman and her wife, Patti Ryan, a talented professional furniture maker. In their own private garden, these two artists have let nothing hinder their zeal for plants, stone, metal, and whimsy. Starting in 2006, every inch of their semi-urban 8,500 square foot property has been transformed into a collector’s dream, using loving plants and objects as sculptures, and layering materials to create complex vignettes. Reclaimed and cast-off items are used as art and decoration, much to the delight of visitors.
Faced with a blank slate, Christie divided the space into sections, limiting physical and visual access between them. A Japanese style gate announces the gracious entrance from the house and driveway to the back gardens and patio. The gate itself also serves as a “frame” that captures a view of a small raised bed and patio area.
The structure of the garden is both functional and remarkable. Each pathway does more than direct you from Point A to Point B; it is peppered with multiple focal points and flowerbeds that unfold on your way to your destination.
Showcased on numerous local and national garden tours, this garden represents a personal exploration of materials, stone, conifers, unique perennials and the imagination of two artists.