Category Archives: stone 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

Monochrome Inspiration

I’m inspired by monochrome gardens? Yes, I am.  These gardens with their washed out almost colorless spaces are really appealing to me.  Maybe it’s my current mood, or the abundance of summer color outside, or a knee jerk reaction to … Read more

LABELS: color, Gardens, patios, 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

In Praise of Craftsmanship

As a landscape designer who runs a design only practice, I am dependent on those who build my work to realize my vision.  I have, over many years, through trial and error, found several contractors and artisans who embrace excellent … Read more

LABELS: craftsmanship, dry stone walling, Garden Design, Landscape Design, landscape designer, stone work 6 Comments

Under foot. A stone carpet.

A grey project for a grey day. This is part of the project I’ve been updating here, it started with design work last spring and is now the last build of the season. The photo below shows a partially completed … Read more

LABELS: granite, patio stone, patios, 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

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#19–Muck and Mire

We went back to work today for a bit. It was a muddy mess. I had to give Harry the dirty dog a bath immediately upon return home. There’s three weeks to go and actually we need to be done … Read more

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

#18–Stoned Again

A trip to Wicki Stone in Great Meadows today yielded the tumbled flat bluestone for the dry garden as well as stone for another project we’re working on. That way we were mixing business with pleasure… Frank (shown for scale) … Read more

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The day started out grey and by mid morning became one of the worst rainstorms I’ve seen in a while. Pouring, pouring, pouring. Dan Lupino and I had an appointment to tag stone for the arch and figure out just … Read more

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#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

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#2–Conceptual Plan

I’ve shown a conceptual plan of the Rockery below. It doesn’t show all of the detail since many of the decisions have to be made on site. Basically, the 60 x 30 pile will be bisected with boulders removed from … Read more

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