The Biese Garden
Melanie and Kevin Biese
738 Gimghoul Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
A Multifaceted Garden for an Active Young Family
A charming border of dependable perennials and a low stone wall front this property. Venerable oaks punctuate a lawn surrounded by deeper beds planted with hosta, ferns, iris, dianthus, hellebores and phlox. The stately brick walk leads to a front door flanked by colorful planters, but the main attractions are beside and beyond the house.
The owners have lived here for seven years. Three years ago they incorporated the adjoining lot, adding a detached multi-function structure. The older, well established garden blends seamlessly with the modernized garden which works well for the active young family of five. Between it and the house lies a stone-flagged, well-appointed entertaining courtyard and patio with a fireplace, the family’s new favorite room. The unique child safe water feature, a recirculating trough, mimics the sound of a running brook. Beyond it, a series of distinct areas planted with shrubs and perennials slope to woodland. Notable features are the children’s play area and the sleekly contemporary vegetable garden with raised beds framed in galvanized steel, its geometric shapes separated by paths of Chapel Hill gravel.
Annie Lewis of Creative LivingScapes designed the landscaping, while Ed Palmer designed the vegetable garden. The landscape architect was David Swanson.
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