In with the Old
An intriguing mix of materials evokes an old-world feel in a newly transformed Vancouver garden Photos by Janis Nicolay
Styling by Heather Cameron
The lush, gently antiquated persona of this Vancouver garden belies its youth: the space, which has undergone a dramatic rebuild and planting overhaul, started as a clean slate a mere four years ago. When Janet Bond and her husband Jim, a businessman, moved into their 1950s house in 2002, they embarked on an extensive interior renovation and an addition to the garage that left the yard in a state of upheaval. The previous owner had requested permission to take many of the more interesting plant specimens with her, leaving only large trees and a few perennials. So after the work was done, there wasn’t much garden left: the front was simply a series of stone retaining walls and grass with a central staircase and path, and the backyard a sloping lawn with a dilapidated deck off the house.
**The plumes of purple fountain grass embody the hues of autumn.**