The Garden on Avon Mountain


A Tai Soo Kim designed house built in two stages between 1980 and 1990, the house sits on 4.2 acres overlooking the Farmington Valley. The landscaping is minimal, except for the northern section near the entrance where there’s an oriental inspired garden. A Japanese lantern brought in from Japan by the original owners is a focal point. A false, dry river creek wends itself down the hillside from the driveway.

Since moving in the winter of 2008, I’ve now experienced a full season. I’ve attended to a basic concern that was not addressed by the former owner - establishing access to the perimeter of the house structure and landscaping in the form of pathways and steps.

I also renovated the neglected basic structure  of the Japanese style garden by re-establishing the dry river bed. Like an archaelogical dig, I carefully dug up the black and grey stones and repositioned them.