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In the summer of 2012 I was hired by Larry to create a planting design for various areas in his backyard. Among other things there were two large sloped areas that were basically bare of plant material. We decided to add some rock boulder walls (the motared stone walls & stone stair-step water feature already existed) to break up the space. We also planted a colorful array of water-wise, habitat friendly shrubs. We kept the plant material on the lower slopes relatively low so that the intersecting waves of plant masses wouldn’t block each other when viewed from the main deck. A Buddha garden was added on the side patio with a pebble-stone river, a stone water basin (not yet installed in these photos) and a Buddha. The Buddha garden plants are all succulents. Eventually it will require only occasional irrigation water in the hottest months. – Karen

 To Whom It May Concern:

 It is a pleasure to write this letter of recommendation for Karen Boness. I hired Karen on an hourly basis to provide me a landscape plan for my backyard which is located on a slope. I informed her I had a limited budget. She gave a ball park estimate of the hours needed to provide a design and oversee the two landscape workers I had for the project. She came up with a beautiful design which included a Buddha garden to the side of my house. I took care of some of the details like ordering the soil and shredded back she recommended. She had in excess of 200 plants delivered and spent a minimum amount of time instructing my workers in the placement and planting of the plants. The project was huge success with the cost a little less than her original ballpark estimate.

 Karen is a delight to work with. She has a vast knowledge of plants. She has the eye for sustainable design. The way she arranged the plants, the variety of plants, and the coordination of blooming periods created a landscape work of art that I will enjoy for many years. I give my highest recommendation to Wild Willow and Karen Boness.


 Larry Haenel


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