Ramon checking out the rocks
We started with laying out a sand-set flagstone pathway. The permeable surface adds a clean earthy look and is functional for foot traffic, golf carts, and wheel barrows. Along the edges of the pathway we build passive irrigation, directing any rainwater run-off to planting areas.
Kevin installs the smooth stones
Ramon and Kevin are both rock monsters. They've carved jellyfish out of translucent Calcite, and dragon guitars out of Onyx. Working together they created a pattern in the flagstone pathway that is stunning. With the help of Jason making the cuts and Weston leveling and setting stone, the pathway became a focal point of the area.
Paul and Laurie unload the peak stones
Paul, founder and operator of Art City, chose three feature stones for the main planting area in the front entrance. They became the canvas for a stone garden that featured local boulder stones placed in contours tan Decomposed Granite and California Gold crushed rock. Sparse natives, succulents and grasses framed the garden that reflected the mountains on the horizon.
It's like 8 tons of Tetris
We strive to compliment nature
We also created a dry river using small and medium sized river rock. and a zen garden around a small water feature.
Getting ready to plant around the water feature
Not only is stone a striking and lasting way to add beauty to a landscape. It is also a life giver and protector. Stones wick water from the air and direct it to the earth around and underneath where they rest. Take the time to notice how life revolves around stone, and you'll be amazed at how simple and obvious it is.
Jason makes it all happen
Thanks to the folks at Art City for collaborating with us. From Art City's own garden at their headquarters on Dubbers Street, to the backyards and landscapes of California, They're helping make stone the rockstar of permaculture design.
We're ready for the next one!