What was most important to you and the garden owner when you started your design? Was there a mission statement?
Abuza: This was a great garden for me as I felt a real kinship with the owner. We both seem to feel a certain wistfulness about city living, even though we love it. So there was almost a romantic instinct—a kind of feeling of "let's create something that looks like it has always been here, something a little wild and old." I chose fieldstones with lichen and moss on them and I planted Irish moss and creeping thyme between the stepping stones. The owner wanted things to spring out and to be leafy and lush. Also, he wanted to cover the walls of the fence that he had—with mixed feelings—erected (of course, I had to explain that this would be a process).