Ione and Emmott Chase's home in Washtington State was meant to be a simple place to retire, but tending the 4.5 acre "yard" became a passion for them both. Now, more than half a century later, it is an inspiration for all gardeners.
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A juniper, given to the Chases by a friend, sits at the foot of the deck off the living room, its sculptural profile well-suited to the Japanese entrance garden. At its base: the common but nicely scented spring blooming perennial Aurinia saxatilis.