7ULDG;$VVRFLDWHV;LV;D;FHUWLÀHG;7HFKR;%ORF;LQVWDOOHU The centerpiece of Wilhelm’s design
is a koi pond with recirculating water that
spills from a rock outcrop. Surrounded by
blueberry bushes, viburnum, Solomon’s
seal, hydrangeas, astilbe, and other shade-loving plants, the pond is home to fish that
have learned to take food out of the children’s hands.
“We get frogs and dragonflies that lay
eggs and make the fish happy,” Luikenhuis
says. “Deer come and drink water out of
the pond. In the winter, the koi go to the
bottom and rest. It was designed to be
about 3 feet deep, which is deep enough so
that the fish can overwinter.”
The plantings are especially beau-
tiful during the spring and fall, she says.
“In the spring, there are about 1,000 bulbs