by Danielle Urbina Photographs by Bill Faulkner
hillside paradise A green thumb’s dream backyard combines her love of New Orleans with the Southwestern lifestyle
Surrounded by lush gardens, Gail Boone’s backyard offers excellent views of El Paso sunsets.
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hen Gail Boone envisioned what she wanted for the landscaping of her home, she saw something similar to her native New Orleans. Lush gardens with plenty of flowers and vegetation were a priority. “Being from New Orleans, I love plants,” says Boone. “It’s hard to grow stuff here. But I knew I wanted something green with lots of flowers.” Her love of gardening began at an early age for one special reason. Boone reflects on a New Orleans neighbor she called Miss Alice, who offered children in her neighborhood either candy or flowers. Boone always chose flowers. “I always remembered that, and I think of that as I’m gardening and doing these things because it just reminds me of her,” she says. Mark Nash of Nash Patio & Garden knew the perfect
touches that would make Boone’s dream yard seem more like a resort and allow Boone, a stained glass artist, to play around in her gardens. “It’s an interesting yard because it meanders all the way around their house,” says Nash. “The challenge there was to have six small gardens, and we wanted to tie them all together.” Each garden has its own special touches; the spaces range from a tropical garden near the pool area to a koi pond water garden complete with a Colorado moss rock stone bench. Nash added several visually interesting elements to the backyard, including outdoor seating areas that are each sanctuaries in their own respects. “The most important thing for me was to build sitting areas, not just walkways, through each garden,” he says. “Most of them are right in the middle of each garden so you can really appreciate
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