At the rear of the lot, a former garage on higher ground is now a writing studio with its own secluded garden.

Tucked into Washington, DC’s urban neighborhood of Cleveland Park is a lush garden oasis. It includes an English-style border overflowing with roses, Lady’s Mantle, Catmint, peonies, and Iris; a magnificent old weeping cherry tree; a swimming pool reminiscent of a New England pond; and beyond it all, a glimpse of the National Cathedral. Designed by landscape architects Scott Fritz and Leslie Gignoux and installed and maintained by Fine Earth Landscape, Inc., the long, narrow lot echoes the homeowner’s favorite vacation spot in Maine. “She wanted it very natural,” says Fritz, “like a Maine landscape.”


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