The first house was the Everett residence in Chevy Chase, owned by the landscape designer Kathryn Everett. Kathryn had taken a backyard composed of just lawn and converted it into a cozy set of garden rooms with a European feel. Within a set of adjoined circular shapes she used multiple hardscape materials that included brick, bluestone, loose rocks, and a koi pond and fountain. The space was also framed with Degroot’s Spire Arborvitae. The areas to the sides of the circles had framed beds with perennials and herbs. As the sun set, the lighting came alive with lights on the wall behind the fountain and encircling the pond. Karen Olson explained that pendant lights hung in the rose covered archways which lead from one garden room to another.
The next property was the Strachan residence, this time just over the border into Washington D.C. This was a smaller backyard project but with big impact. Lynn Church was the designer for this property and created a small patio and seating area with a beautiful urn that Olson Weaver had up-lighted from the hardscape patio. The evergreens along the side and back fence were also lit from below, creating rhythm and displaying the texture of the trees. Plants used in the design included Itea “Henry’s Garnett”, Mahonia, Viburnum dividii, and Taxus baccata “Repandens”.