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Garden step that do more than get you up or down the hill.

Graceful level changes invite activity in sloping yards. Here, five gardens benefit from having more than simple staircases. Steps cascade down in a variety of heights, widths, and depths to provide space for seating, planting, plant display, even a children's play area.

At left, generous terraces fit around the broad hill-climbing steps in Janet and John Simonson's San Carlos, California, garden. A sandbox on one terrace creates a well-defined children's play area. Landscape designer was Ken Coverdell of Half Moon Bay, California.

Portland architect Don Vallister designed the broad, bleacher-like staircase (at right on opposite page) to join a turn-of-the-century farmhouse to the redlandscaped garden. At the top of the stairs, a 10- by 16-foot decked extension of the old covered porch reaches out for the sun. The 14-foot-wide staircase provides many more sunny spots for back-yard spectators.

Seattle architect Jay Fulton controlled a sloping side yard with the seven-step, three-tiered bulkhead pictured at top. Dock timbers (about $2 a foot) form the stairs and planters. Where treads meet planters, other timbers turn into the hill, helping to tie the structure in place. Timbers wer also spiked together with foot-long nails.

Rustic stairs of railroad ties trail down from the back of Joan and architect Jim Heady's house in Orinda, California (above left). Irish moss thrives between treads; shrubs planted at random intervals give the lanscaping a natural look.

In Tucson, architect Ron Fridland and lanscape architect Larry Zukowski cast the steps that lead up to Barbara and John Carter's front door. To form plant display platforms along one side, every other stair was doubled in height and depth.
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