The Kraft Gardens
The Kraft is surrounded by a verdant lawn, beautiful trees and gardens hosting a wide variety of plants. The pillars of the gardens are a Deodar Cedar, olive and Douglas Fir - three trees, whose age can only be guessed at. Most likely nearing 100 years, they provide shade and shelter for the gardens and picnic tables for events and customers to enjoy. Rock paths wind through the under-plantings of Japanese Maples, hydrangeas, evergreens, deciduous bushes and a multitude of perennials. When fall arrives the Maples behind the building turn brilliant red, lighting the cottage room at the back of the main floor with a red hue – especially glorious during the brilliant sunsets which often backlight the Kraft. The gardens are often used by local photography studios, high school students dressed for prom, and other local events. At Christmas time they twinkle with myriad lights adding to the festive air of House of Design’s Holiday Magic – an annual event that draws crowds of people.