Spotting Berkeley Sedge from the curb is a giveaway that double-checking the address was probably unnecessary. (I did check just in case.)
Entering along the sedge-fringed stone walkway builds anticipation for what's behind the gate. Just in view above the stacked-stone wall a single sconce to the right of the front door echoes the gate and walkway details. It was a delight to meet the owner of this home and garden, Pat Mozersky, who recently retired from writing a food column, Chef's Secrets, for our local paper. Whenever I had the Taste section in my hands, Pat's column was the first place I turned for the scoop on favorite restaurant dishes.
A shallow terrace of limestone to the left of the walk leads the eye to a tuft of Inland Sea Oats with their seedheads browning up for autumn.
Masses of fluffy Bamboo Muhly fill in to the right.
By contrast, a stone edge marks the neighbor's traditional lawn.
Stepping inside the gate reveals more sedge under live oaks. Large-leaved plants like ligularia, viburnum, and oak leaf hydrangea add textural interest.
Sculptural trees placed to be viewed from the house and ground orchids dotting the sedge add dimension. The existing native Texas Persimmon on the right was left in place during construction.
CorTen boxes elevate plants at the windows and highlight textural contrasts.
Texas Redbud stands over the stylized metal bamboo gate welcoming you into the back garden.
Matching stylized bamboo railing leads down from the back of the house to the garden
Notice a large metal object lurking in the back corner? It's a Buffalo! The owners are originally from Manitoba and the Buffalo is the symbol of their province.
Munching on sedge. What, no Buffalo Grass?
Fringes of sedge and mounds of bamboo muhly repeat and create continuity with the front garden.
I just loved the mounds of sedge contrasting with the smooth stone walkways.
Large windows afford views of the garden from throughout the house.
Fabulous industrial light fixture from a German factory brings green up to the porch.
Pat's King Charles Spaniels run straight for the bamboo muhly whenever outside.
Stylized metal bamboo theme continues on the back gate.
More grasses to soften and contrast with the stone walls along the rear alley.
The garden will look even better for the tour, if you can imagine. Wow, I can't wait to see it then, too.
Don't miss this chance to see a Mark Word designed garden here in San Antonio, it is worth the visit. Since foliage is the focus for this wonderful garden, I'm linking with Pam's Foliage Follow-up meme today.
The Watersaver Landscape Tour will be held Saturday, October 24th from 9am to 3pm.