An Exciting New Project

While we were building the focal point of  last year's Rhode Island Flower show display, the stone cottage, we kept our fingers crossed that someone would want us to build a real one. Miraculously, at the end of the show, a new client approached us to build a small stone cottage on their property, similiar to our garden display (click HERE to see that display). So, you could say, this project is a "dream come true." After…

Some Kind Words From A Client

After viewing photos by Magma Design Group, Inc. on their website, I was immediately drawn to their unique landscape design and custom stone work. I was living in a new development at the time and had decided that my cookie-cutter yard needed an attention-grabbing makeover. After spending time with me and getting a sense of my personal vision, owners Neil and Samantha Best presented and implemented a beautiful, colorful design complete with a bubbling water feature and patio created with hand-cut bluestone flagging. In a separate project they designed a stunning stone garden in a low, wet area of my property that was underwater with every torrential downpour. The rain garden collects and holds rainfall during these events, allowing it to seep into the ground gradually without flooding the area. I couldn't be happier with the result or with this couple who is incredibly talented and passionate about the work that they do.

A Challenge

After almost a year of preparation, this DEM permitted plan is finally being built! And what a transformation! Located on one of the most beautiful pieces of property that we have had the pleasure to work on, it is quite the challenge. A 15’ grade change, invasive plants galore, and lots of planning and filling out paperwork to get the approvals we needed. This project consists of terracing the slope using boulders…

Garden Tour

Back in the spring, we were pleased to be asked by Tranquil Water Gardens to join in their effort to fundraise for the organization called Alex’s Lemonade by opening up one of our client’s gardens to their garden tour. This was such a great day. It was filled with fantasic food (thanks to Ann Deffley of Traveling Gourmet), great music (thanks Colin), and an enthusiastic crowd. Aside from knowing that we

Starting Up Again!

This is our first project of the season. It is literally located in what I am convinced is the rockiest place on earth. This first image is only the beginning of what we have been digging up. 18” diameter holes that are being dug for sonotube placement have turned into 3’ diameter holes because we keep needing to remove giant boulders. This is a test of patience! Nonetheless, this is a very fun project to…

I'll Huff And I'll Puff…

...and I'll take your house down because you built it for the Flower Show! I guess all good things have to come to an end. So now we begin the breakdown process. This is always bittersweet. On the one hand, we'll finally get some sleep, on the other hand we put a tremendous amount of energy into this only to have it dissolve before our eyes.     However, we're confident the stone cottage will find a good…

Day Three - Are We Done Yet?

After 4 1/2 hours of sleep and we were ready to start Day 3. At this point we were really regretting the size of our display! Nonetheless, with the help of some amazing friends and crew, we are moving along smoothly. And speaking of crew, the team that runs all the machines, brings in the boulders, mulch, helps unload trucks, and set heavy plants, are fantastic! They are the true "heroes" behind the scenes and without…

Day Two Of Set-Up

To be on schedule, we knew we had to finish the house today. We also needed to complete  the water feature. This is the only way that we would have time to complete the plantings, the "entrance sculpture," and all the details. By 2 am, we had met all these goals. And although many of the displays around us were really starting to take shape, our display still looks like it has miles to go.   We are not worried…

Happy Valentine's Day!

Today was the first day of the flower show set-up and we had everything planned out perfectly. We were to meet at our shop at 7 am where we would load up a 20-ton trailer and 10-wheel dump truck with our 12 palettes of stone. Next we would load up a box truck with additional wood pieces, branches, and pine trees. We had loaded our trucks and trailers yesterday so we were ready. Imagine my surprise when I received a phone…

Where Are The Buds?

Well, we can only control what we can control, right? I just received word from the greenhouse in New Hampshire who is forcing the majority of our flowering plant material that almost all the plants we chose for the show are NOT producing flower buds. Ummm, the start of the show is two weeks away!  As we normally do, we wanted to push the envelope with the plant selection and knew that this might pose a problem.