This garden was originally a two acre ravine enveloped in poison ivy, and covered in brush. An elevation change in excess of 65 feet existed from the doorsill to the bottom of the chasm. The design concept included many pathways and large plant masses. Plants were selected based upon their ability to provide vivid color and contrasts in foliage. Our aim was to provide the homeowners with a glorious view from the house, terrace, and pool area, looking across the garden to the water and harbor beyond.
Strolling through this previously impassable space has become a favored pastime of all members of the household, including their pets! This form of passive recreation is a fringe benefit to the garden’s development which the homeowners had not anticipated and is an added bonus. A small, irregular stone terrace with bench seating is situated within the garden and serves as encouragement to take time to pause and reflect upon the beauty of this space.