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Garden design: Escape in the city

Gillian Cummings
Photography by
Janis Nicolay

This garden in Vancouver takes summer living completely outdoors.

When Rosie Daykin entertains, her guests spill out from the house onto sunny terraces, dine to the sound of falling water, and retreat into a lush, hushed cedar grove. It was exactly this vision of seamless indoor-outdoor living that guided Rosie (interior designer and owner of Butter Baked Goods) and husband Paul when they renovated a neglected rental property on a two-level lot in west-side Vancouver.

"That yard is what the bedrooms overlook," Rosie says. "It's all about the view." The house hugs a slope, so its main floor now opens to the bright front courtyard, and the lower floor is level with the backyard's dense foliage.

outdoor-living-space-aerial.jpgGarden haven The Daykins seek out this secluded backyard oasis when peace is paramount, accessing it directly from the family room or by descending the stairs from the carport. Ferns and hostas thrive in the dappled light of the cedar canopy.


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