Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2016

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60 Landscape Architect and Specifier News The inspirations for this project were the Art's and Crafts gardens of Great Britain, and the natural Ozarks settings. The garden begins near the house in a formal manner and progresses to an informal, naturalistic environment as you move away from the home. The gardens are a series of seven small to large walled garden rooms with four different water features that provide focal points throughout the garden. The landscape architect was intimately involved for four years with all aspects of these unusual gardens, from master planning through final construction, producing all documentation and being involved daily in the management of all construction activities. Many hours were spent in the field searching for stone that met the design expectations, and overseeing the extraction, transportation and placement of the boulders. Quarried stone came from three quarries in Arkansas and Oklahoma; natural fieldstone was imported from several Arkansas counties. Each garden has its own character and horticultural diversity. The formal portion of the garden has an elliptical computer- controlled display fountain that choreographs the sprays and lighting effects. Garden features include the main patio of cut stone balustrades and paving; the great lawn; the grotto garden and koi pond; the terraced courtyard gardens; cut flowers and herb garden; the woodland garden; the cascades; and the spa and swimming pools. There's also extensive lighting, irrigation, subsurface drainage and decorative hand-forged stainless Above While most of the garden rooms of this Little Rock, Arkansas estate are contained within silver- mist cut stonewalls, the 12' tall and 12' grotto is constructed of 10 tons of Ozark fieldstone sourced from Stone County, Ark. The fieldstone is capped with Arkansas marble from McBride Quarries in Independence County. Small volumes of water are piped through a hidden manifold to replicate spring waters dripping through rock crevices. The bright green mosses and lichens add verisimilitude. The pool basin has a biological filter to purify the water without the use of chemicals. Koi inhabit the pool. Plants in this garden include 'Weeping' Katsura Chinese stewartia, white flowering redbuds, climbing hydrangea, 'Fullmoon' maples and Camellia sasanqua. The planting beds have 18"-30" of custom blended soil, and an extensive subsurface drainage system. A Saint Augustine lawn completes the contemplative intimate enclosure. Little Rock, Arkansas Estate Garden Landscape Architecture by Mark Robertson, Mesa Landscape Architects, Little Rock, Ark.

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