This garden is in the backyard of a South End Boston townhouse ... opening out onto the narrow alley. Pete Cadieux and Jim Douthit of A Blade of Grass in Wayland, MA, saved an old mahogany deck, but more or blasted out the rest of the area and created a modern garden room off the back of the hosue.
It's useable in the cool springs and autumns because of the fireplace, and the water feature makes the small space feel larger, as you can hear the water flowing -- and cooling -- when the weather finally turns warm in late spring.
Douthit and Cadieux wanted to source corten steel in back of the fireplace, but there was none available, so, at the suggestion of the homeowner, they opted for plexiglass, which is working fine, and it's also in back of the water feature.
Just to the left of the boxwood in the above photo, a cedar surround hides the a/c units, and they are only noticeable when you stand right next to them. This, after all, is a garden that's obviously aimed at conversation and entertaining.
There's just a glimpse in this photo of the old, original mahogany decking -- and although Cadieux & Douthit installed the cedar unstained, they were recently surprised to find that the owner decided to stain it a reddish-brown.
Beautiful details in this garden ... and the plexiglass is a great idea.