Tuyet Bui's Adams Point garden is hard to miss.
Replete with maples, a 100-plus year old Ginkgo tree, a stunning palm and a fountain of lions, this magnificent, multi-level garden inspires all who see it.
At 82, the founder of Le Cheval says that there was no single vision behind the garden. In fact, she knew little about gardening when she began 10 years ago. Bui slowly acquired her garden knowledge through garden reading, chats with employees at nearly every local garden store and practice.
In her garden, round, pruned trees demarcate the growing front space, serving as a natural frame for flowers, bushes and grass varieties. Best of all, her spaces are not affixed to a single view. You will stop to take a closer look whether from the terrace, sidewalk or from her mailbox.
This multi-vantage point style also exists in her backyard and is visible in her houseplants. Walk through the front door, for example, and you will be greeted by a row of stunning orchids.
Bui takes pride in growing what she says are “hard to find plants.” These plants from her native Vietnam are impossible-to-find in the U.S., she says.
The basket plant is her favorite due to its healing properties.
"This plant can heal a [minor] wound in three days," she said.
In addition to bushes, trees and various flowers, she grows herbs and vegetables in the back. These she uses every day. The Vietnamese mint, for example, goes well with chicken noodle soup.
Bui's garden continues to flower in spite of her recent time away. She is currently nursing knee troubles and may need another surgery soon. Her neighbors hope for a smooth recovery.
See the full photo set of this garden at http://bit.ly/NoSYiN.