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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kpapalua
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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