A Backyard Habitat in N. Barrington, IL

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This is a stone berm. See the gravel path, which appears to curve around to the back. This is illusionary - the path tapers to give the appearance of great depth.

Bird houses on poles add a decorative touch.

Small, circular flagstone retaining walls create terraces recently planted with wildflowers to attract butterflies.

retaining wall

This patio provides a comfortable habitat for people, too!

shade garden


This curved stepped retaining wall creates a multi-tiered front bed. See the unique and striking obelisk the owners found shopping at antique stores.


Stonework berm, shady area and edge of patio.



The front yard of the N. Barrington habitat. Note how the garden goes perfectly with the front of this beautiful custom-built stone French Provincial home.

This eclectic wildflower garden was planted under a large old oak.

oak and garden

This home and garden were featured in the 7-4-04 garden section of The Daily Herald.

Click here for a three-year update on this garden.

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