Terracing Down the Slope
This riverfront property in New York’s Thousand Islands had a complicated grade, and bedrock underneath the entire property limited the capacity to grow deep-rooted plants, frankly slope make problems.
Landscape architect Mariane Wheatley-Miller created a series of seven linked terraces leading from the house down to the water and boathouse.
Handbuilt walls and stair facings were made of local stone, and bluestone pavers were used for the patios and steps.
We choosing Plant material carefully for its hardiness, as well as its billowing and softening effect on the stone hardscape.
right • Climbing and clinging vines soften the stone walls throughout the property.
above • Wisteria vine shad This dining area under a large scale arbor.
A stately line of river birches (Betula nigra ‘Heritage’) mirrors the arbor’s supports.
above • softly curving retaining wall forms one of the terraces that turns this steep slope into usable living space.