in the grotto, the spectacular
man-made waterfall Miskovsky
designed and built cascades over
a rocky outcropping into the koi
pond, adding both a visual and
aural dynamic to the setting.
Pseudolarix amabilis, or false
golden larch (facing page),
shows its fall color.
With sloping sides worthy of a mountain goat, the extreme grade
provided Miskovsky with powerful possibilities and he set his earthmoving
equipment to take full advantage of them. Today the one-time morass of
weeds and vines is a secret garden with a descending spiral of grassy paths
and densely planted beds that culminate in a beautiful koi pond at the
bottom. There are many surprises along the way such as the handmade
railings of almost animate locust wood and a large waterfall over a 6-foot-
high stone grotto that becomes a water-veiled cavern. Two streams thunder
past a seating area into the pond, which is crisscrossed with almost invisible
fishing line to keep ospreys from coasting in to snatch a fish.