When Zen student and award-winning author Bettina Mueller bought an 1860 farmhouse in the quaint Dutchess County village of Tivoli NY, its quarter-acre lot was a strip of dirt, a blacktop driveway, a metal shed, and cement blocks: “no plantings, no view, no vista, little space for a garden. It was perfect for what I had in mind. ”
With patience and hard work, she created a Japanese-inspired tea garden that won the 2015 Gardenista Best Garden Design Award. Her book on the subject, A Tea House in Tivoli, won the 2016 Silver Medal for Best Gardening Book from the Independent Publishers Association.
In her talk Bettina will show how she transformed a tiny backyard garden into a oasis of tranquility and beauty inspired by the tradition of the Japanese Way of Tea.