||A rose-covered arbor invites visitors to enter the enclosed garden behind this suburban home, a sanctuary from the outside world. Clumps of bamboo and ornamental grasses mingle with rhododendron and azaleas, hostas and ferns. Perennials bloom in waves of seasonal color. Chartreuse foliage weaves through the garden bringing "sunbeams" to the shade.
From indoors, the owners are drawn out by the sight and sound of water, enticed to dawdle at the edge of the pond surrounded by textures and colors of the abundant plantings. Steps of stone lead upward to the woodland, primarily the realm of the grandchildren. Here, adjacent to the playhouse and swings, is the "Stone Circle," a mystical, artistic arrangement of rocks that encourages climbing, imaginative play, or simple contemplation.