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For meditation or a party, it's a walled garden within a garden.

For meditation or a party, it's a walled garden within a garden a Garden within a garden, this walled-in patio makes a private space at the back of a Portland house.

Controlled interior plaintings and the detailing of the gray-stained cedar fence lend an Oriental flavor that contrasts with the untamed look of the surrounding wooded hillside. That contrast was intentional and desired. "I wanted a meditation garden," says owner Ginny Nelson, who uses the space for morning tai chi exercises. But with perimeter benches and more than 500 square feet of patio, the garden can also accommodate guests at large parties.

Extending from the back of the house, the patio consists of 78-inch aggregate squares; 7-1/2-inch-wide bands of broken slate separate the squares. To allow for planting beds, the paved surface stops short of the fence all the way around. It also makes way at the outside edge for two peninsulas of plantings to reach back toward the house. In some of these stands a bird feeder-display stand that repeats the fence detailing. In the other sit man-made (concrete) boulders, one of which is molded into a shallow birdbath.

Designed to be seen from both sides, the perimeter fence has two faces. The inside has clean and simple lines: 1-by-4 cedar siding set between 4-by-4 posts that rise 6 inches higher than the siding to support a 2-by-6 cap rail. Visible outside are horizontal 2-by-4s and 2-by-2s that back the siding. At two points, inset panels of Chinese tiles add texture and color.

Design was by landscape architect John Herbst, Jr., of Lake Oswego, Oregon.
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