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Must See: A Gorgeous North Carolina Garden Transformation

Every garden has a story to tell, says landscape designer Jay Sifford. Opening his ears and heart, he cultivated beauty from desolation.

Jay Sifford stopped in front of a house that was built into a Charlotte, North Carolina, hillside and was for sale. It wasn't the style he wanted: It lacked a walk to the front door, a poison ivy-choked ravine ran alongside it, and rotten railroad ties held back the mud. So he did what any self-respecting visionary would do—he bought it.

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