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Lisa Bloom

This Japanese garden in Reisterstown has been a labor of love for 35 years

This Japanese garden in Reisterstown has been a labor of love for 35 years

Step out David Boteach’s front door and a gentle world beckons — one filled with wondrous plants, waterfalls and whimsical bronze busts of fauna peeking over the leafy flora. Here sit two frogs shyly holding hands beside a lily pond; there stands a blue heron looking past a cinnamon-skinned paperbark maple toward a pool of pot-bellied koi. Peppered throughout the pebble-strewn paths, beneath graceful hinoki cypress and a stunning weeping Atlas cedar are a half-dozen stone Buddhas, their benign smiles affirming what is clear to all:

Life is good in a Japanese garden.

“I could spend a whole day here,” Boteach, 66, says of the seductive landscape fronting his suburban...

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