materials, using horse troughs as garden pools and five 2-by-3-foot bluestone
pavers resting side by side on industrial pipes as an outdoor dining table.
Raymond, who attended medical school and has degrees in chemis-as well as voice and piano, experiments in the 12-year-old garden like a
mad scientist, searching out plants that most people have never seen before
and figuring out how to make them perform. “Oh, here’s failure number
300,” he groans as he points out a gaptoothed evergreen hedge of a dwarf
blue holly called 'Rock Garden' that did not prove rock hardy.
1) 'Royal Purple' smokebush soar skyward. 2) Hydrangea
paniculata grandiflora 'Unique' juts through one of Raymond's
custom industrial rebar trellises near the reflecting pool.
3) Appetizers include fennel anchiode on toast. 4) Spiky yellow-
furred mullein pop against a purple-leaved 'Siam Ruby' banana
plant. 5) An 'Alcazar' torch lily is a vivid burst of reddish-orange in
the Red Gardens. 6) Giant woolly morning glory is trained around
metal poles in the Terrace Garden; guests settle in for dinner.