This garden has evolved over the years into a peaceful retreat.

The backyard started as an overgrown patch of weeds with a lone pepper tree. Joy originally created a cottage garden theme; purchasing many of her favorite flowers from Heard’s Country Gardens Nursery before it closed. Her garden has evolved over the years into a peaceful retreat.

A large, curving walkway leads to the front door bordered by several varieties of roses, alstroemeria, bearded iris, buddleia and small trees. When Joy married her husband David, the garden gradually transformed into a tranquil harmony of cottage style flowers and tropical oasis that reflected their combined taste and style. They have worked together to renovate both home and garden.

The addition of a bi-fold door system across the back of the house allows the garden to be enjoyed from indoors with the main focal point being a large koi pond and waterfall surrounded by 30-year old peppermint trees. Hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and dragonflies are common visitors to the garden.

The Dowells have created a relaxing and intimate space that now consists of a Mediterranean courtyard draped by bougainvillea that provide brilliant color and privacy for entertaining. A covered patio adjacent to the house includes a cooking area with a TV and fireplace. At night, hanging globes and twinkling lights provide a warm, soft glow.

Garden Location & Information

Address / Access

5572 Rochelle Ave.
Westminster 92683

Wheelchair Access  30%