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Designing and Building your Landscape

Thoughtful Design for Your Landscape : A Way to Begin.

THOUGHTFUL DESIGN FOR YOUR LANDSCAPE LANDSCAPE SOLUTIONS AND HOW TO FIND THEM It seems to me that everything a person creates is most satisfying when it connects to their own ‘I’. Finding your ‘everything’ begins by considering what matters a lot to you and what doesn’t. For planning purposes, the landscape thought process starts by […]

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Our Landscapes : Before and After Slideshow

Slideshows of Landscapes by Stone Garden Designs Inc. Ellen Cool 781 – 856 – 5600 Marblehead, Mass. stonegardendesignsinc@gmail.com     All the landscapes shown in these slideshows have been made by our company, but they have been developed in collaboration with their Owners. It is they who are truly responsable for bringing the landscapes to life […]

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Wreathing the Beds

  Greens After Christmas  A second purpose for the branches of Christmas trees and other holiday greens is to re-use them as decorative wreathing for your otherwise somewhat bare perennial beds, but the reason to use them is usually to help insulate plants residing in the earth beneath. I find this branch overlay technique especially […]

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Landscape Advisories: Chapter 7 / Evergreen and Ever Seen Landscape Framing

  Chapter 7   Evergreen and Ever Seen Landscape Framing In our northern landscapes, attending to the winter appearance of a place is a priority since what we see changes dramatically when many of our plants drop their leaves or disappear entirely through a long cold season. Unless you plan in some winter pictures, this […]

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Designing Your Views

Designing Your Views You can lead the eye wherever you want to. Control the views. Work around existing features Make whatever you add complementary to what you already like and will be keeping in the place. Plan to erase whatever does not please you. Through your design, you will want to show the virtues and […]

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Choosing Stone and Hard Materials: Landscape Design Advisories / Chapter 8

Chapter 8 Choosing Stone and Hard Materials Choose a Family of Stone and Hard Materials from the Beginning. It will save alot of problems if you considerately select the set of stone and hard materials you will be using together for your ‘palette’ before you begin to design your projects in any detail. You are […]

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Garden Conservancy Open Day in Marblehead 8/10/2014

Garden Conservancy Open Day in Marblehead (click above for descriptions of and directions to the gardens) Sunday, August 10 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit four gardens in Marblehead, MA. in any order you like. Admission is $5 for each garden. Proceeds are shared with the Marblehead Conservancy and Symphony by the Sea Rich’s […]

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Landscape Design Advisories: Chapter 1 / Finding the Beginning

Landscape Design Advisories Chapter 1 Finding The Beginning …………………………………………………….R.S. ‘A Good Beginning is a Good Ending’ Creating a place to recieve your life in a considerate way usually takes alot of thought and planning. You will want the elements of your outdoor life to be comfortable and well organised so that you can enjoy whatever […]

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Landscape Design Advisories: Chapter 5 / Shaping Your Landscape

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Landscape Design Advisories: Chapter 5 Shaping Your Landscape Seeing the Shapes The details of whatever you will be making are often best sorted out functionally and visually where they will come into being. Whether regarding stone projects, wooden structures, garden bed shapes or individual tree and plant placements, opportunities and problems will show themselves with […]

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Stone Facts and Stories

Stone Facts and Stories What is the difference between a ‘Rock’, a ‘Stone’, and ‘Granite’ anyway? Saying bedrock, rock, stone or granite is like referring to the same Ornithological acquaintance in conversation as a bird,  a songbird or, more particularly, a Sparrow. Bedrock and Rock are terms used to refer to large deposits of naturally […]

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Long Blooming Plants: Thalictrum rochebruneanum and Other Fabulous Flower Fireworks

Thalictrum rochebruneanum is a Star for the Fourth of July. You can expect Lavender Flowered Fireworks, every year…. Sometimes called ‘Meadow Rue’, or ‘Lavender Mist’, this plant is elegantly vertical. When in bloom, each individual is like a 6’ magic wand, with delicate foliage and perfect lavender sparkles, which fluff out at the top in […]

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Designing Your Views: Landscape Design Advisories / Chapter 6

Chapter  6 Designing Your Views You can lead the eye wherever you want to. Control Your views. Work around existing features Make whatever you add complementary to what you already like and will keep in the place. Plan to erase whatever does not please you. When you are designing your views, through your design, you […]

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Fall Tending

Good Garden Housekeeping Fall tending in your garden will help all the winter compositions to show their best. There should be nothing to detract from the pictures, even in this season. Most herbaceous plants are trimmed down close to the earth now, but any that still look nice, by flowering or being evergreen, perhaps by […]

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Some Things They Never Tell You

 …..About Planting Trees and Shrubs Decide and then tag the best faces of  your chosen individuals in the nursery. Look for the best faces of your chosen trees and shrubs when they are standing relaxed in the nursery. Tie a ribbon or somesuch to a branch at the front and center of the plant’s face […]

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Landscape Design Advisories: Chapter 4 / The Logic of your Property

Landscape Advisories Chapter 4 THE PATH TO UNIFIED LOGIC As with almost everything, thinking in relationships will lead to unity in the outcome. Unity in both the functional and pictorial aspects of a place can best be accomplished if the designed portions are located and shaped for good relationships to other parts of the landscape […]

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Landscape Design Advisories: Chapter 2 / Approaching Your Land

Landscape Design Advisories Chapter 3 Approaching Your Land A Year of Observation Many of the plant materials and sylvan creatures of our northern landscapes appear and disappear through the course of the seasons, so it will require a year of observation just to fully see who lives on your land. You will want to know […]

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Landscape Design Advisories: Chapter 3 / Deletions are First

Landscape Design Advisories Chapter 3 Deletions are First Start with the Givens. For the design of the all the work, from built work to plant work, you may first want to carefully consider which features of the property will or will not be altered. The features that definitely remain are your ‘givens’, fundamental in directing […]

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Begin Before the Beginning

” The Red Queen gave Alice sage advice on storytelling when she said, ‘Begin at the beginning, go on until you come to the end, and then stop.’ But it is advice that I seldom follow. I usually begin somewhere before the beginning; write until the beginning identifies itself; and I always run the stop […]

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The Quiet Season

DRAWING IN YOUR SNOW Taking time over the drawing phase of your landscape making journey, whether in snow, on sand, lawn or paper, will strongly influence the quality of the choices you will ultimately make in the design of the things for your landscape. Drawing in snow is a pleasant way to get thoughts going […]

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