Homes Magazine - Page 36 - Living History (4)

Homes Magazine
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Living History (4)
A Shau Garden, strewn with spent ammunition, recalls the battle at A Shau Valley where he was wounded. Mythical lions and a Samurai warrior monk statue stand guard, while a plaque with the words of British historian Thomas Babington Macaulay remembers fallen comrades: “How can a man die better than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of his father and the temple of his gods.” The garden’s flowers include winter aconite, symbolic of death.

The translation of a plaque in Latin at The River Styx advises visitors to enjoy life: “Eat, drink and make love. After death, nothing matters.” The recirculating stream, built by Phoenix-based stonemason Primo Doria, takes its name from the mythical division between the worlds of the living and the dead.

Steps away is “Elysium,” the family pet cemetery, a reminder, among azaleas and grasses, of the animals’ unconditional love.

Other rooms are places for family time – toasting marshmallows in the Council Fire garden and storytelling in the nearby Midsummer Night’s Garden, where a machine generates smoke for a magical ambience amid the shrubbery.

Their grandchildren love the gardens, Chuck says: “They chase the pugs. They dance, they sing, they do cartwheels, and they crush my flower beds.”

The Roman Loggia Garden off Chuck’s office is a warm-weather favorite for relaxing and entertaining.

The furnishings reinforce the style of the covered porch with Roman lion statuary and a reproduction of the dancing faun statue from the House of the Faun in Pompeii. On one side of the loggia, ancient Greek-style klismos chairs with concave backrests and curved legs surround a dining table.

“In the summer we live out here,” Amy says.