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Uncommon Ground

Rhonda Reinhart | May 25, 2017 | Feature Features

Allan Knight and Cearan Henley's verdant backyard garden is a sea of green in North Dallas.
The garden's meandering nature provides its greatest charm

You might say Allan Knight has been grounded for life. From his first job mowing lawns at 8 years old to the pet project that is his North Dallas garden, the furniture designer and showroom owner has cultivated a decadeslong love of beautifying whatever landscape he inhabits. When Knight and his husband, author Cearan Henley, moved into their current home 11 years ago, they set about turning the half-acre lot into a lakehouse-inspired oasis filled with lush greenery and winding gravel footpaths. A long, narrow screened room, bedecked with antique case goods, woven seating and colorful framed textiles, stretches the length of the wandering backyard, which features a curved swimming pool surrounded by carefully placed stones and tufts of flowers. “I like how it ambles around and moves,” Knight says of the always-shifting garden, where mature live oaks and pine trees tower over hedges, yuccas and blossoms that appear and disappear as the seasons change. “In summer, it’s just a matter of maintaining and watching the different things unfold,” Knight says. “We always get excited when the daisies start blooming.” Aside from the rare intimate get-together, the couple’s yard is more private retreat than entertainment venue—a place to get away from the day’s stresses and soak in the ever-evolving beauty only nature can provide.


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