Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC
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Le Petit Chalet rustic landscape

Le Petit Chalet

A durable, meaningful design heals a devastated residential property bordering Acadia National Park and Somes Sound on Maine’s Mount Desert Island. Comprehensive stormwater management strategies shape new landforms, resulting in elegant grading and thoughtful drainage solutions. Native plant colonies stabilize the site, regenerate habitat, and reveal wildlife patterns. Exquisitely crafted new masonry, built from an authentic palette of local reclaimed materials, gives the garden a unified, established feel. Lichen-encrusted stone retaining walls define edges, thresholds, and overlooks, and thick slabs of salvaged granite embedded in the earth provide gathering terraces and pathways. With balance restored, brilliant seasonal drama unfolds.

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mountainmole wrote:
Is this a mulch path? - What is the material used for this natural pathway? Is it a kind of mulch? Thanks!
     Comment   April 7, 2012
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I thought this looked like white pine needles! I would love to do this to a garden path in Montana. Would it have any effect on the natural landscape to use something like this? How long would this last, and is it quite slippery? My path has a slight grade down, and I know pine needles can be sleek. Do they blow out of alignment quite easily? Or are they just as "fixed" as most mulch options?
January 18, 2013 at 2:05am   
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We use wood chips on a hill for weed suppression and they don't move. Maybe an edging would keep them from getting into your grass.
September 1, 2013 at 3:11pm   
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aayushgolecha wrote:
What material is this ?
   Comment   December 8, 2013

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Focal points. This scene includes multiple abundant ideas — and all play together beautifully to make me wish I could be transported here. There is a timeless feeling expressed in the simple palette of native stone and green vegetation. The lovely twig bench placed at the turn of the path is a hard-to-ignore interior focal point. Layered textures provide interest, even though this is a landscape with mostly foliage. Generous in its gifts, this garden beckons visitors to enter — and remain in its presence.
Some of the paths serve multiple functions. Cunningham did some major grading to keep runoff waters from eroding the property; the hill to the left directs the water to a trench at the path. It then percolates into large pipes and drainage basins.

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Path idea for camp
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sentier d'aiguille de pins, caniveau de galets
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water drain
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edging & dry creek bed
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built up walkway
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The playing area
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use heavy layers of pine needles
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Ferns near the woods.
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gravel drainage
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path with step up on one side to catch water.
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neat walkway reminds me of trail
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beautiful walkway
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Nice attention to drainage and comfortable walking in the forest setting
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Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLCSave to IdeabookEmail Photo Focal points. This scene includes multiple abundant ideas — and all play together beautifully to make me wish I could be transported here. There is a timeless feeling expressed in the simple palette of native stone and green vegetation. The lovely twig bench placed at the turn of the path is a hard-to-ignore interior focal point. Layered textures provide interest, even though this is a landscape with mostly foliage. Generous in its gifts, this garden beckons visitors to enter — and remain in its presence.
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If ever clear out down the hill define path more and use pine straw
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professional work
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Native looking landscape
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Ferns & trees
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Path looks like what I have now.... Just rake it
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rock lining the pathway, ferns
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Built up pathway with dry bed on either side
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wooded landscape
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path winding through the trees
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No lawn
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Path to boathouse
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Gravel path
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Yes, left hand side. Profusion of ferns dtc
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Mulch walkway
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ground cover and surround for fire pit area
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path in the woods - maybe with leaves instead of pine needles?
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Pathway with silver birch
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pond trail idea 2
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walkway with dry brook, trees
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I like the bushy fern
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Good idea for Parkshore
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Landscaping for backyard
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Jardín y senderos
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This landscape could work on our property
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Path to outdoor feature
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Natural drain edging
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pine needles and mulch for path
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woodland /rocks/stream cobbles etc
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Love the multichannel idea
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Pine needle path
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Path to bench
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Storm water
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Path, ferns
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Woodchip path and forest
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Bark chip path
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garden walkway
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pine needles as mulch
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Steps for the side yard elevation with rock paved borders
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Path, wall, river rock and then plants
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forest walkway
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Mulch pathway
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Pathway. Chair along the route. Very inviting
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Love this path!!
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the walkway with native plants on the side.
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Pine needle walk way!
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nice raised walkway
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Pretty path
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Love the ferns
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Lake path
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Elevated path
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Path as small retaining wall
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walkway thru woods
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Cool pathway thru the woods.
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Planting idea
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Love this path for running
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Stones around rock or garden - spray to kill weeds
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Pathway to sitting area
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Brown gravel and lined pathway??? lifted with river stones to the side
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Pine walk
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Path (pine needles?)
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Path and ground landscape
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Path at the front of the house
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Beautiful walk way Matt and chris boston
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For back
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I want that in my back yard!!
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Woods path
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Path option?
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nice way to finish the irrigation ditches in the yard so they are more obvious
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Our forest
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What do you like about this photo? The path and ferns
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All of it-very peaceful
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raised stone
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What do you like about this photo?plants along pathway
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hidden trail manage runoff with rocks cut into hill
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Drainage solution for paths against hillsides
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landscape design
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Reminds me of cypress
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pine needle pathways
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Works for me
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jogging trail-
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Mallard Drive
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Pathway - a great idea for my outdoor searing entrance
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Natural paths
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My backyard
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Path through woods with drainage
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Pine needles for path
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stone-lined pathway
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Fern for shady areas
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Stone edging, walkway surface
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path in woods
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garden idea
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Extra lot up hill .
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ferns 5
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dry creek bed
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path to shed
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Walk ways.
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Raised path with hay
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Use of ferns!
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