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Quote of the Day: Gordon Hayward

April 20th, 2017

“Stone gives our garden solidity and weight. It helps to frame views and bring out the colors of the foliage in our plantings; and it provides places to rest and foils for lawn. Used in paths, it shapes how we move through space. Stone artifacts lend a feeloing of time and history and often determine the mood and tone of an area.”

Gordon Hayward in Stone in the Garden

My Ohio garden had lots of stone features, every planting hole produced hundreds of stones ready to be used in walls and walkways. So I build walls and walkways with them.

Now that I’m settling on a design for this garden, stone walls are going to be added here and there throughout the garden. My first wall is on the upper side of the potager. Now that the big maple tree is gone, it’s time to level out this area and build walls around it.

The only difference is the size of many of the stones. I have access to stacks and stacks of large stones, these stacks were made by the original homesteaders here in the late 1800’s. I’m slowly moving these large stones and building walls that define gardens spaces and level out the very hilly nature of this garden.

Do you have any stone walls, walkways, or other features in your garden?

One Comment to “Quote of the Day: Gordon Hayward”
  1. kristin @ going country on April 20, 2017 at 6:23 am

    My husband just yesterday built a circular stone enclosure for the well pipe that sticks up right in the front yard at Blackrock. Much more aesthetically pleasing than a rusty pipe. Stone has the added benefit of being free here (this is a rocky place too) and indestructible.

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