Category Archives: rock work

Garden Design Details: Stone at Skylands

I hadn’t visited Skylands for about ten years, and never in the fall.  I went hoping to see the last of the fall foliage and instead found stonework that was interesting in its scope and full of ideas. Formerly an … Read more

LABELS: dry stone walling, fall, Gardens, granite, New Jersey, patio stone, paving pattern, rock work, Stone, stone work 2 Comments

Garden Designers Roundtable: Rock Stars

Last week I was at an event where more than 100 designers went mad for their industry’s stars.  I mean paparazzi mad.  Photo ops, flashes everywhere, one on one moments and book signings for all who wanted.  I lamented that … Read more

LABELS: dry stone walling, Gardens, Landscape Design, rock work, Stone, stone patterns, stone work 18 Comments

Bardessono’s Compelling Courtyards

In the pouring rain, two garden design and writing friends and I made Bardessono our final stop on a whirlwind tour of Napa and Sonoma. I first wrote about this LEED Platinum certified resort/spa earlier this year in a post … Read more

LABELS: Garden Styles, green, Landscape Design, rock work, stone work 4 Comments

Current Project Update

Another work in progress—probably the final one until the thaw. The plan, originally included in my 8/27 post, is below and is largely unchanged from the presentation drawing you see below. I used Dynascape color for a down and dirty … Read more

LABELS: cad, Creative Process, patio stone, rock work, stone work Leave a comment

#-21–12 days and counting

With less than two weeks to go, the major boulder work is complete and many of the plants have been purchased and placed. It is becoming a marathon of fits and starts due to the weather and trying to coordinate … Read more

LABELS: Designer Showhouses, earthworks, Planting Design, plants, rock work Leave a comment

#14–Rock Star

The arch was finished today in anticipation of the ‘in progress’ press junket at the show house tomorrow. Many people were working today trying to get something done for the press to cover. We’ve been kind of on our own … Read more

LABELS: dry stone walling, earthworks, Landscape Design, Mansion in May, rock work 2 Comments

#13– Rock On

Dan Lupino started building the boulder arch today with Frank Scheppe’s crew. It’s a big statement and we wanted it done before the first press junket on Friday. Here’s some photos…more as things progress. Dan setting the first support stone–this … Read more

LABELS: Landscape Design, Mansion in May, rock work Leave a comment

#11 Sites & soil

This morning, on another project, they started digging for a pool. Before development 30-40 years ago the area was a known for its rose growing industry so when the excavator dug his first hole we found a layer of ash … Read more

LABELS: Landscape Design, recycling, rock work, sustainable landscapes Leave a comment

#8–Start Up

The weather has been iffy so hopefully, if all goes according to plan, I’ll meet the crew and the excavator at the mansion today. The main goals will be to tag boulders for specific use, identify inhabited burrows and move … Read more

LABELS: earthworks, Landscape Design, rock work, stone work Leave a comment

#4–Plants and Problems

I’ve done a quick CAD color rendering to try and approximate the quantities of plants that I will need to order in the next few weeks. It’s difficult since I really have no idea what lies beneath the surface stones, … Read more

LABELS: cad, Landscape Design, Planting Design, rock work, sustainable landscapes 2 Comments