Ben Allen

The Backyard Zen Garden

The hardscape is essentially done on what I've dubbed the zen garden because I designed it to be a place of contemplation. Construction required lots of digging, the occasional sketch to map out what to do, learning a bit of welding, consultation with experts, but mostly persistence. Perhaps learning again that persistence pays off is the best reward for creating the garden.

Click on each photo for a sequence of construction shots.

before and after

Before and After


Installing Electricity for the Fountain


Creating a Bubbling Fountain

Obelisk in place

Welding the Obelisk

rock dust

Working with Rock

The Fence

Building the Fence


Building a Worthy Birdhouse