Homes Magazine - Page 40 - Asian Inspiration (2)

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Asian Inspiration (2)

and the principles and values that cultivate it.”


He dug in near the house and slowly expanded — first the front yard, and then much of the back of his two-acre lot. Most of the perennials and trees he purchased at area nurseries; likewise, the statues, stones and lava rocks that help unify the garden. The hand-carved pagodas came from Bangkok.


Container plants dot the landscape amid a medley of delicate waterfall maples, nandinas (sacred bamboo) with their flaming red berries in winter, and a striking Compressa, an upright juniper that resembles a big green pencil.


“You can’t let any one thing overpower the rest,” he says, though the weeping Atlas cedar comes close. What began as “a stick that I put in the ground” has grown into a sprawling curtain of twisting, drooping limbs, 10 feet tall and 55 feet wide, with blue-green needles. Trained for years to cascade, it gives an otherworldly presence as a striking evergreen.


Boteach’s garden is “imaginative, unusual and artistic. It’s amazing,” says Ira Bloom of Pikesville. An assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, Bloom, 71, says Boteach is his mentor as he cobbles together a Japanese garden of his own.


“I thought I was doing OK, but the first time David saw my backyard he said, ‘This looks like a jungle; it’s all out of scale. You’ve got to get rid of this and this and that.’ It was brutal but, oh my gosh, he got me on the correct path. David keeps me out of trouble in my garden.”