We brought to life a sloping and unused backyard by removing the failing lawn and replacing it with a stream, pond, stone bridge, paths, and plantings. The stream and pond are planted with wetland plants and lined with round boulders, creating habitat for fish, frogs, salamanders, and dragonflies, as well as a valuable water source for birds and pollinators. Although the site is suburban, the sound of the waterfall effectively masks other neighborhood noise.
The slab bridge and stepping stones are made of local Massachusetts Goshen stone, dark, highly textured, and brilliant from its high mica content. Paths constructed of timbers and woodchips help to address an erosion issue and give safe passage through planting beds. Plantings in the sunniest area near the pond focus on a succession of colorful flowers for cutting from April - October, while shade areas are devoted to native woodland groundcovers.