Address: 12801 Amethyst Street Garden Grove, CA 92845
The Van Dine Retreat
Our backyard is now two years old, and it has filled out enormously.
We have created an unusual fusion of “Asian Dryscape” in our backyard retreat. Featuring succulents, weeping junipers, Australian trees and shrubs, our yard is low-water and low-maintenance–yet very tranquil and green. It invites you to meditate on my husband’s hand-hewn redwood yoga deck, or to stroll under his cedar Japanese Torii gate–while listening to the peaceful trickle of sparkling fountains.
In addition, you may walk along the Bouquet Canyon stone paths throughout the garden, or relax on the teak chaise lounges with a book. After dispensing of our lawn, we established imitations of nature, creating distinct mounds of earth–and rock beds mimicking hills and streams. We have also chosen natural materials such as stone, sand, rocks, wood, and mulch— creating permeable surfaces; and we have constructed French drains–all to prevent water runoff.
“Furthermore, the local water department gave us cash for removing our front yard lawn; now we have a vibrant new dryscape, reclaimed wood decking, veggie horse troughs, art and a miniature library. We don’t miss the thirsty lawn at all!
Finally, we have a garden where we can truly relax! We hope you will enjoy our peaceful and conservation-minded retreat, also.
n 80% Handicap Access: paths are stone set in hard sand; smallest width of path is 22”–otherwise a width of 27”- 45”
6 12801 Amethyst Street Garden Grove, CA 92845 (Cross streets: Valley View & Lampson)