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This symphony of colors and textures did not come together overnight. When Roth first visited the site in 1997, it was consumed by construction activity, and the few trees remaining on the property were in survival mode. The task from day one was simple: Restore the meadow to a pastoral state and inject no fussy planting schemes. Roth has an interest in art, so she appreciated the owners' desire for a minimalist landscape. “Design concepts can be expressed in clear, powerful and memorable ways,” she says. Roth often uses an approach in which she edits away the extra details, steering clear of ornamentation so the true concept remains. Her designs get their strength from this expression of clarity rather than by embellishment or decoration.