We started first and are finishing last. For the past week there’s been little but this crazy sprint to the end.
Others include a tabletop that doesn’t fit the base, a light pulled out of it’s location for no apparent reason, wires which weren’t buried by the lighting installation crew, etc. etc. etc. We’ll finish the pool today, clean up and return for special events. It will be good to get back to regular work.
Here’s the good news–What makes the rockery ‘GREEN’…
Use of recycled materials:
- All of the boulders were on site and recycled from the original rock garden.
- Two architectural elements from Fro Heim’s legendary Japanese garden were found in the rock garden and recycled into the patio.
- Fill for the garden was brought from a local site where a swimming pool was being dug, eliminating the need for that fill to be dumped.
- All organic waste material from garden construction was taken to a local commercial organic waste recyclingcenter.
- Pea gravel is used as mulch and does not need to be renewed annually. It also helps to keep the plant roots cooler in the hot sun.
- Stone dust, a quarry byproduct has been used as pathway material.
- Stone used to build the reflecting pool was reclaimed from a demolished bridge in
- All materials have been sourced locally reducing the need to ship them over long distances decreasing the use of fossil fuels necessary to secure materials.
- 90% of the plants in the garden are
grown, the remaining 10% were grown regionally. New Jersey
- Plants have been chosen that will thrive in the hot sun with low water requirements.
- A solar panel provides energy to illuminate the garden at night powering 30 LED fixtures.
- When building the garden, the area around the Rockery was left undisturbed. Areas of disturbance were limited to a narrow perimeter around the site.
- Use of machinery was kept to a minimum and machines were not left running when not in use.