After a winter stuck inside renovating her 1890 farmhouse in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania, TOH reader
Maria Hasenecz was eager to head outdoors.
Maria needed a place to sit and dine outside, so she installed a circular flagstone patio near the back kitchen door. To size it right, she planned for a 42-inch table and four seats, with room to pull out the chairs and walk comfortably around them. Today it is surrounded by lush perennial gardens that extend all the way to the boundary fence.
Find out how her garden grew—and provides tips that you can use to create your own backyard retreat.