Years perfecting the garden

Ten years after building his backyard pond and garden, Charbel Harb still seeks perfection.

He is constantly redesigning the layout, moving and replacing rocks and testing new plants.

“It is never finished,” says his wife, Ruth, as Harb shifts a rock next to the small waterfall.

Nestled in his backyard in south Baton Rouge, Harb’s pond is the centerpiece of a lush garden where something is always in bloom.

“This is my therapy,” he says. “I really like to do this.”

The yard features more than 300 varieties of plants, arranged so that something is nearly always blooming. There’s Queen Elizabeth lilies with gorgeous white flowers and green parrot’s feather plants growing in a red pot on top of his waterfall.

“This is my personal creation,” he says. “That’s not how I design for people. Most people do not get this kind of a detail. I change it all the time, and I experiment with it.”

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