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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December 8, 2013
aayushgolecha wrote:
What material is this ?
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The material we used on these paths is eastern white pine duff--otherwise known as pine needles. Depending on where you live, you could source pine needles from whatever local pine tree species are near you. Good luck!
    Bookmark   November 30, 2014 at 10:17AM
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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?
    Bookmark   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.
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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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pine needle walkway
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Path & edging
smroy added this to The Maine Project
March 24, 2015
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.
jwdgardener added this to Pathway to Garden
March 23, 2015
Maybe if we had a pathway out to the garden and then the pool beyond that.
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March 19, 2015
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March 15, 2015
uliano, stone edge toward culvert
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Raised path
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March 8, 2015
Pine straw path edged with stone
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March 6, 2015
The use of the path to move runoff water.
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February 25, 2015
Okay this is one picture that I am focused on to resolve the backyard drainage. However instead of the walking path, I'd ask you if we can fit in the perennial garden just in front of the stone.
Angela Steinman added this to outdoors
February 12, 2015
path into the woods
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February 8, 2015
Edge to wood chip path
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February 5, 2015
stone becomes mulch
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February 3, 2015
This is to cool awesome
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February 1, 2015
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January 30, 2015
Good use of pine straw, leading from front walkway. Weed block first.
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January 29, 2015
Use for Picture
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January 25, 2015
path to perge with rock on outside
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January 25, 2015
raised path
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use of ferns on slope
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Pinecone Path
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Ogród i ścieżka do biegania w trakcie ćwiczeń Michała
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January 18, 2015
rocks along side of walkway instead of ground cover.
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January 16, 2015
birches and ferns
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January 15, 2015
would like to try something like this. maybe with a wood chip path
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January 13, 2015
natural stones
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January 12, 2015
watershore idea
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January 11, 2015
path for scooter?
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January 11, 2015
Path to serenity
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January 10, 2015
this is actually pine duff from white pine trees in Maine. I have seen many gardens mulched with southern yellow pine, and I personally prefer the white pine because it is softer... The only issue is that it is tough to purchase. You almost need to have a local source. Sorry I cannot be of more help. I would do a quick search online to see what resources you can find.
prudenceminnihan added this to Bottom of hill
January 10, 2015
nice walkway with rock on edge
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January 8, 2015
The material we used on these paths is eastern white pine duff--otherwise known as pine needles. Depending on where you live, you could source pine needles from whatever local pine tree species are near you. I have seen many gardens mulched with southern yellow pine, and I personally prefer the white pine because it is softer... The only issue is that it is tough to purchase. You almost need to have a local source.
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January 4, 2015
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January 1, 2015
Storm drain
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December 14, 2014
Natural look and color contrast
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December 4, 2014
do this
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November 30, 2014
Outdoor path consideration
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November 17, 2014
Ferns, plants, path
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November 7, 2014
Use pine needles for new walks in my woods
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November 1, 2014
native veg, rock, path....could be adapted to fit our situation
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October 31, 2014
Trees and pathways
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October 26, 2014
I like the the the way the looks , and the surroundings
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October 26, 2014
walking path w/stone edge
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Rocks along the walkway.
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birch lining casual path
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Path to dock.
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outdoor walkway
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low shrubs and ferns along border
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Mulch with edging
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creek area
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Raised path serves as a berm, preventing surface flow off slope. Dry creek bed of stones bordering path allow water to infiltrate while carrying excess down slope.
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September 18, 2014
dry creek bed style erosion prevention & drainage idea! need to channel the rainwater down a slope.
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September 15, 2014
back corner area
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Mulch path
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September 1, 2014
Trails in woods - with ferns!
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September 1, 2014
I love this path. Beautiful.
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September 1, 2014
a soft path
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September 1, 2014
walk and water feature
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Trottoir naturel et fougere sauvage
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August 27, 2014
Pathway with dry rock drainage at side
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ferns and hillside
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August 26, 2014
raised path rock edge
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August 25, 2014
This is perhaps what I may need to do in terms of landscaping
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August 25, 2014
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August 24, 2014
path to seating area. would want more color other than green
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August 21, 2014
Walkway in the woods
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August 21, 2014
its relax and beautiful
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August 20, 2014
gorgeous path....looks like pine needles
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August 18, 2014
great path. all of the landscape pics from this house are spectacular and very natural looking.
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path bordered by rocks
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dry creek along path
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Forest landscape with beautiful pathways
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bark plus path
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August 9, 2014
use of native stone in storm water management design.
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August 6, 2014
Cool path
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Leveled pathway
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Raised walkway, ferns
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Raised walkway, ferns
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stone drainage
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Water feature in the river rocks.
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raised path
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July 23, 2014
I really like the way it resembles a park
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stone edged path through woods
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For path in woods
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July 13, 2014
nice path
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Nice use of materials for trail
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path for left side of house
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Use smooth ground cover
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July 3, 2014
The trail
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July 2, 2014
great path--even less formal works
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June 30, 2014
nice walkway
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June 29, 2014
possible idea for my walkway border
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backyard ideas
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raised walkway
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raised nature if edge
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stone pathway... around house
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Walk way
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Irregular path edge
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Up to the back of house
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Placed in the open
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Wooded paths
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Raised path
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Path to lake
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Pathway for garden
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trees and grasses
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Path edges
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Interesting pathway
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cool trail with pine needles
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May 23, 2014
Love the scenery
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May 23, 2014
Similar to High Point and Stokes Forest NJ footpaths, but without the black bears.
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May 22, 2014
I want to go and talk to The Lord
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Mix of stone and pine bark.
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walkway, rough stone
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Raised natural path
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Great way to edge path
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Love everything. Needs more flowers
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Ideas for swail behind porch
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Exterior pathway
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Birch trees?
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Road edge
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Bushy ferns and birch
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Ferns in woods
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April 24, 2014
love the walk way
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Raised walk w ditch on side
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Path perfect
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Pathway for Kerry
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Path / Small Ditch To Divert Runoff
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Love it
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April 20, 2014
creating drainage in channel at left to take care of water instead of eroding the path and other property
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works in our garden
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April 19, 2014
Path idea for camp
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