When Ron and Colette Gaches moved into their home in 1997 the property was less than pristine. Overrun by shaggy elms, hedge and walnut trees the yard did not match the vision the couple had for their outdoor space. For over fifteen years Ron enjoyed an active interest in landscaping and his new home provided the canvass he needed for his creative outlet. Having anchored the garden with maple and redbud trees, the couple proceeded to fill the borders with evergreens and the beds with a variety of perennials. Visitors to the garden will enjoy seeing the Mission Bells Deep Rose Beardtongue Penstemon and the tree hydrangeas, both homeowner favorites. Pay particular attention to the azaleas that have been adorning the front door for over 25 years. With an eye to easy care the homeowners incorporated hardscaping into their design. Look for giant hostas nestled in the shade surrounding the fire pit. The outdoor dining area is home to a variety of potted plants including a Little Quick Fire hydrangea. Visual interest is further enhanced by the colorful tropical plants scattered throughout the patio. Garden art plays an important role in the landscape as well. A sculpture by Native American artist L’Deane Trueblood welcomes visitors to the front yard while the back yard hosts a unique windmill. The outdoor living space now provides the serenity required for enjoying life in retirement.