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Alexandra Abuza, a garden designer based in New York, first started designing gardens in Maine. This project, transforming a 25' x 21' garden in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, was Abuza's first city undertaking and presented some significant challenges. The owner of the garden, Alan Oxman, a film editor, wanted immediate gratification in his small space; to fufill his vision, Abuza created a miniature landscape packed with plants, which includes a patio at one end and a bench at the other. (The entire backyard, including the patio, is 48' x 21'.) We asked Abuza some questions about the garden design and we've put together her answers in our slide show: A Garden Grows in Brooklyn. Be sure to click through to see the rapid development of this backyard from a gray, concrete lot to a private, leafy oasis in the heart of the city.