Mary, Eric, and 8-year-old son Zach enjoy a game of chess beneath the pergola on the main terrace. The French doors in the background lead into the kitchen area-the indoor hub of family life.

A fountain encircled with decorative tiles inspired by traditional Portuguese azulejos welcomes visitors to the Horvitz garden.

The cordial elegance of Mary and Eric Horvitz's home on Lake Washington sets the style for their sun-filled garden, which is also stocked with good things to eat.

The water feature in the sunken garden is made from an 18th-century French cistern hewn from a block of limestone. The bas-relief plaques on the back wall above the fountain portray the four seasons.

Pear trees and grapevines clothe the arbor and pergola. Italian musk strawberries edge the gravel path. For beauty and flavor, designer David Pfieffer recommends 'Green Globe' artichokes, 'Victoria' rhubarb, 'Bull's Blood' beets, 'Italian Rose' bush beans, 'Crescent Moon' eggplant, scarlet runner beans, tomatoes and sweet peppers in all shapes and sizes, squash and pumpkins (trained along retaining walls), blueberry bushes and hybrid strawberries grown in containers, 'Golden Summit' raspberries, parsley (used to edge paths), and container-grown citrus underplanted with mesclun (a colorful mix of salad leaves), violas, nasturtiums, purple basil, and chives.

Zach's cat, Brian, loves the garden- especially the catmint.

Tucked behind the house, around the corner from the main terrace, is this shady nook where Eric and Mary most often enjoy a morning cup of coffee and the daily newspaper.

Zach tends his own hortalica-a collection of his favorite edibles, including edamame, pumpkins, and sunflowers. Says Mary, "I started gardening when I was a child by growing my own strawberries."

A tiny terrace, nestled into a bend in the path leading down to the sunken garden, catches the last rays of the setting sun.

The sunken garden below the master bedroom is planted in shades of green and white. Plants here are also selected for their scent, which on a warm summer evening wafts through the open windows, filling the house with perfume.

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Gardens of Memories

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A view of the Horvitz house and garden from street level; small vegetable gardens flanking the entryway steps are dotted with artichokes, herbs, and bamboo wigwam supports for beans, squash, and tomatoes.


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