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Stone wall and Garden Design and Installation in Bridgewater, Conn. A challenge because of site drainage problems and large tree roots, this very straight stone wall was an engineering miracle. Precise measurements were taken, the trench was dug deep to allow for settling, and the higher back area was backfilled with gravel and landscaping fiber to prevent soil seepage into the wall.  The Garden
Goddess team also hand chiseled and installed stone walks and stone benches at this site. All were made from the marvelous large boulders found on the site of this old farm. The front area was planted with 1000 bluebell bulbs, silver allium and wild forget-me-nots. The owner has since placed  two antique stone urns on either end of the wall, which can be seen below.
A Curving Brick Walkway of herringbone patterned, old-fashioned bricks, is slightly pitched to the stair risers. A Garden Design and Installation completes the pretty welcoming picture.

The base of the walkway was trenched at a pitch and filled with a layer of sand and stone dust on the clay base. Because of drainage runoff from the gutters over a period of years, the soil  was uneven from erosion and depleted. Gutter extensions were added, dug in and extended into the yard. This allowed the water to drain a a distance away from the gardens. Garden areas were defined and then dug out 12 inches into the clay hard pan. Peat and pea gravel mixed together with good top soil  and rich compost assure Gardens of continued beauty and good growth..

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A Mountainside Installation in Thomaston, Ct. which culminated in a cedar walkway to a Japanese Garden at a higher elevation.  Simplicity is paramount in a Japanese Garden and is also the key tenet of Zen.  To see the Japanese Garden installation with Before and After photographs go to the 2010-2008 Design Portfolio link.
Choosing the stones and combinations we used developed the true spirit of a Japanese Garden. While the stones in the Japanese Garden itself represent the Buddha and disciples, the stones scattered throughout the garden areas also have traditional imagery associated with them.
This site was one of the more difficult installations for Gwenythe and her crew.  The driveway was of granite stone, steep and very slippery with the dew in early morning.  This necessitated great care in transporting people, materials and vehicles over it. 
Notice the Bamboo
covering the concrete
The circular stone wall was built to provide a higher elevation for the Japanese Garden and  provide easy access to the rear areas.