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Garden oasis construction

Check out how Carol and Les Wear built their backyard garden oasis.
  • The beginning

    Carol and Les Wear's spacious property in Marysville, Washington was already prettily landscaped in 1999 but a project begun in the spring of 2000 would turn the backyard into peaceful garden oasis.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • The front

    Initially, Carol focused most of her gardening efforts in the front of the house; however, the space soon became too small for all of her flowers. "I can't stand to throw things away," Carol said. "Plants are like my children."

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • The perfect garden setting

    Searching out the property for an ideal garden location, the Wears' found their empty 100x120-foot backyard to be the perfect setting for Carol's growing plant collection.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Before the garden

    Pictured is an aerial shot of the Wears' property in 1999 before the garden project began in May 2000. The garden oasis was built in the area behind the barn.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Dirt work

    Construction began with grading the ground and digging a hole for the garden pond that would later be a home to koi. The Jeep and four wheelers were used to put the pond liner in place.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Construction mvoes forward

    The couple then built a greenhouse situated alongside the pond to house various plants. A bridge over the water with a deck attached was also constructed. The deck would later feature a bench the Wears could use to admire the serene view.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • The pond

    Next, slab rocks were placed along the edges of the pond to both hold the liner in place as well as give the pond more visual interest.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Finishing the pond

    Not long after, the pond's filter system and gravel spillway were finished to make the pond functional. An aviary was also built reflecting Carol's love of birds. The completed garden features a variety of unique birdhouses.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • Adding walk ways

    The Wears soon began adding various paths to the garden made from materials including concrete, gravel, bark, and stepping stones. Carol wanted to break up the garden with these paths in order to create smaller landscape areas that would allow her to add a mixture of materials and textures to the garden.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • The garden trellis

    One of the garden's finishing touches was a trellis over the walkway leading to the bridge. Flowers and vines were later added to the trellis to create a shady entrance to the koi pond.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • The final product

    Here, the peaceful escape is pictured in its finished state, complete with paths, flowers, and garden art.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
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