The master plan for this south-facing woodland property celebrates dramatic topography, muscular canopy trees, remnant fieldstone walls, and native stone outcroppings. Sound vegetation management principles guide each phase of installation, and the true character of the woodland is revealed. Stone walls form terraces that traverse native topography, and a meticulously crafted stone staircase provides casual passage to a gently sloping lawn knoll carved from the existing hillside. Lush perennial borders and native plant stands create edges and thresholds, and a crisp palette of traditional and contemporary materials merge––building upon the surrounding topography and site geology.
Beneath the dining terrace is a lawn terrace that overlooks the surrounding woodland. No mortar was used in building these walls, and Cunningham raves about the landscape construction company that completed the renovation, Gardenform.
Here we see probably the nearest thing in a contemporary garden to the traditional ha-ha.The wall here performs the traditional task of neatly dividing the more formal sections of the garden yet allowing views into the wilder, picturesque surrounds.