This past weekend we took a beautiful family walk at a nearby bird sanctuary, a welcome respite from the crazy energy of today’s election. Surrounded by the beauty of Fall in New England, glorious woodland stone walls, and a crisp chill in the air, we ended our journey at our favorite café. Hot chocolate for the boys and fancy coffee drinks for us. Upon returning home, and wonderfully caffeinated,… Read All
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What is better than a walk in our New England woods in the fall, immersing yourself in one of nature’s perfect landscapes, one punctuated by historic stone walls? There’s just something magical about the way these man-made elements weave their way around trees, up rocky hills, and down into wetland grottos. And if you are like most New Englanders (or even transplants from elsewhere), you’ve probably
Magma Design is an amazing company. Their design was built around our concept and the space, and they made whatever adjustments we needed until we had the perfect design. The work was done in a very timely matter, workers cleaned up as they went along, and the project went off without a hitch ... and fully within our budget. After working with lots of contractors over the years, we just couldn't believe how smoothly all of this went. I would highly recommend them to anyone, and would be happy for folks to stop over and see the gorgeous prayer and meditation garden that we are all now enjoying.
Phew! What a year for the gypsy moth. There are tree-covered parts of Rehoboth that have been so severely damaged that you would not even know that it is summer. And I know we are not alone. This nasty pest has been eating everything from pine trees to oaks to maples, and even my rhubarb. In theory, they seem to dislike ashes, sycamores, butternuts, black walnuts, dogwoods and balsams. However, if food competition… Read All
Neil and Samantha did a phenomenal job designing and building our yard. Their ideas and workmanship created a space that created so much more than what we had in mind.
We had a yard overhaul which consisted of a rebuilt retaining wall, goshen stone steps and flagstone, deck, water feature, fire pit and sandbox. Highly recommended!
I fell in love today. I could not help it. There was just something so spectacular about it. The strong form, the outstanding color, the layered branching. And it’s native! Clearly, I am not talking about my husband (sorry Neil) but an exceptional cultivar of Nyssa sylvatica called ‘Wildfire.’ I saw this beauty at the tree farm owned and operated by Central Nurseries. Located in Chepachet, Rhode… Read All
This is the story of sweet girl, her bountiful garden, and the precious critter that stole her heart. Scratch that! This is the story of a working mother who scraped together every possible once of "free" time to till, seed, weed, and water the vegetable garden that she dreamed about over a very long, cold, and dreary winter. It is the story of a ferocious animal (OK, I've been reading too many children's stories), make… Read All
Whenever I meet with a client and I find out they have children, I always talk about ways to get children involved in the spaces we are creating. Sometimes it's easy, especially if part of the project includes incorporating a playset into the space. The challenge becomes, how do you make that playset feel like it's a part of the overall landscape and not just an afterthought. One great way to do this is to put it… Read All