Larsen Residence


The transformation of this backyard sanctuary into a haven for wildlife observation and meditation began with a survey that led to the knowledge that the old fence thought to be on the property line was in fact 3’ in. The new fence location gave the homeowner space for a Zen garden adjacent to her meditation room, providing a transition space and viewing terrace to the rest of the back yard. The native shrub borders provide secluded seating areas, wildlife habitat, and reduced lawn area, with lawn totally eliminated in the front yard. A sand and stone labyrinth added by the homeowner became the nesting site for turtles from the Mill Pond, and it was rebuilt in solid stone in 2009. Edibles such as highbush and lowbush blueberries, raspberries, cranberries and Concord grapes provide a bountiful harvest.

“The yard has been transformed into a virtual sanctuary. Everyone who visits is refreshed by the peaceful environment. I love the yard and house too much to move!”
~Kathie Larsen, homeowner