This courtyard garden in Bryn Mawr, PA, was a response to paper artist Betsy M’s request for an uncluttered space where she could dream and create. Following a trip to Japan, she longed for the ordered simplicity, serenity, and grace she had experienced in the gardens she had strolled through there. But she was puzzled: how could she possibly hope to recreate the ambiance she desired in the cramped courtyard outside her home studio?

Noting the Japanese-inspired garden photos on Hanselman Landscape’s website Betsy called James, HL’s principal designer, and her dream began to take shape. From drawing the cardboard templates and cutting the rocks into the templated shapes, to a practice run at the HL shop and final installation at the client’s home, HL’s craftsmen made sure that Betsy’s puzzle was solved beautifully, right outside her studio window!

Shared by Betty Hanselman

Gardener’s wife (& “garden puzzle” proponent)