Case Studies

Project Duration: 5 weeks

Services Provided: water feature, paver walkway, stream, grade work, walkways, planting areas, flagstone landing areas, no-mow fescue

Ames Residence

posted: May 01, 2006

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The project is very well maintained and like all well maintained gardens it is always changing, evolving and maturing into a wonderful space.

This project was started in May of 2005 and was finished in June of 2005. We worked with Liquid Landscape Designers who installed the water feature in conjunction with the complete renovation of the front yard.

The inspiration from our client who had seen a stream at a garden in Wales and wanted to create a similar effect at her residence. The design for this project was completed by a former professor of Weston’s, Bill Boone, who made daily site visits to take photos and check on construction progress. Like many of our other larger projects this property was featured on the Pond tour in 2006 and again was the favorite of many people attending the tour.

The biggest challenge of this project was the size of the site and a large maple in the front yard that had to be protected. We installed a paver walkway with a stream the cuts though the walkway. We also installed a paver driveway, and completed major grade work to level out the walkway and create planting areas. Our client is a master gardener and completed all planting design and installation at her own pace. The walkways are very narrow to create a cottage garden effect and a small saw cut flagstone landing creates a pad for a custom bench to overlook the entire garden. Weston really enjoyed working with his mentor Bill Boone to install one of his landscape designs, and our client was very pleased with the quality of the construction and the execution of the design intent. A no-mow fescue was added as the final detail on this design to keep the debris from falling into the stream.

The project is very well maintained and like all well maintained gardens it is always changing, evolving and maturing into a wonderful space. This front yard was featured in the "Ornamental Water Features for the Midwest" published by the ISU Extension.

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