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Garden area on the five acre property extends to newly built fish ponds deep into the woods. Swerda Garden 23025 N.E. 8th Street The idea behind a Japanese tea garden is relaxation. A stroll through one should be a soothing experienceA where human feelings converge with the spirit of the plants themselves That is the teaching of Patricia Swerda, who has designed and planted a tea garden behind her home with 2800 different varieties of plant life. Swerda, who teaches a form of Japanese art called Ikebana, uses her garden as the tools of her teaching and art Gravel paths wind around bushes and flowers in a configuration that follows the slope of the land and the growing habits of the plants. Tea gardens em- phasize use of the local natural habitat, so Swerda uses many native plants" and dug up treasures from her five acres throughout her garden. Entrance to the garden is through a "Chu-mon," or inner gate. The focus of the garden is the "'Kokoro house," a covered bench for resting and contempla- tion. Carved sculptures ar- ranged in the garden bring ancient Japanese folklore to the yard, which is part of the story Swerda will tell as she leads tours at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The garden is bordered by wall sculptures of wood posts laced with vines that Swerda describes as "visual stops" to the garden, or in Japanese terminology, "borrowed landscape." The tea garden covers on- ly part of the Swerda's five acres. The rest of the back yard is also planted with all kinds of unusual vegetation arranged around fish ponds, huge rock sculptures and the family house itself. The kitchen is designed with bright blue countertops and fish platters on the wall to continue the outdoor waterfront feel- ing inside the home. The "Kokoro" house in the tea garden offers a sheltered resting place for contemplation. "Kokoro" means heart, mind and spirit in Japanese. The formal Japanesetea garden displays unusual plants along carefully designed paths with stopping places to peacefully observe the surroundings. "Tanuki-san," a figure of ancient Japanese folklore, was believed to have broken into his master's saki jug and got- ten all the garden animals drunk. ELEGANT ROSES " Grow Roses Where You Want To Enjoy Season Long Color In That Sunny Spot. Most Are In Bloom Now So Choosing Varieties Is Easy $5.95"$8.95 Miniature $4.95 Tree Roses $24.95 Jackson & Perki Complete Garden Center OPEN ALL w..,.o .ocm IR$ 8undy 10-S 392-7657 NURSERY YAMAHA GENERATORS When the lights go out in Issaquah, be prepared with the depend- able EF600 by Yamaha This handy durable generator has super features: Portable 500 watts AC output EF600 4.2 amps AC current 12 volts/10 amps SALE on DC 4 hr continuous operation 00379 Weights 46 Ibs. 17"x8"x12" Complete Line of Yamaha Generators Available A t . . . BELLEVUE YAMAHA 13220 BEL-RED ROAD, BELLEVUE 641-1442 Approaching the Beres home from Lake Sarnmamish is a journey up their long brick stair. Your own home. We can make it happen. * HOMES -- Large, small, short, tall, old or new, we have the largest assortment of homes in the Issaquah area from $4@000. * LAND -- Treed, cleared, flat, hilly, view, waterfront, small, or large, your very own building site in the foothills of the Cascades from $15,000. * ESTATES -- We have an excellent selection of acreage estates, something for everyone, from small farms to the country gentleman mansion. PRIME Realty INVESTMENTS & MANAGEMENT ENTERPRISES 392- 0505