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Monday, October 04, 2021


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Barbara H.

I like it! Your last paragraph exactly describes the change and why it is an improvement.


Looking good! As though anything you and Mark decide to do could look bad. Even your weed-pulling basket is beautiful....

Linda Brazill

ELIZABETH — ​The weed basket is an old purchase in the 1990s from Smith and Hawken. It was based on one used by the great English garden designer, Gertrude Jekyll. Alas it is falling apart now and I am more often using plastic buckets.

Linda Brazill

BARBARA — The light and contrast of the gravel to the rest of the garden was more of a surprise to me than I expected.

danger garden

"The garden feels new and different, which is not easy to accomplish when you have been in the same place for almost 30 years"... perfect! I was thinking how this huge change actually looks intentional. If someone was new to you garden they'd never look at this and think about what used to be there, but rather think this was the plan all along.

Linda Brazill

LOREE — ​Mark says it all looks so good because of the thought and intention that went into creating the original pond. He thinks if we'd done a symbolic water feature in the beginning, it would not be as successful as it turned out. ​

Kris P

I'm sure the creation of the original pond was a huge project but deconstructing the pond looks at least as complex in terms of the work involved. As much as I love the concept of a pond, I imagine this new incarnation will be much easier to manage. And it's beautiful too!


Wow!! So much effort, but what a gorgeous result. I absolutely love it. And I can see why it wouldn't have worked for anyone but Mark to place the rocks. It's just stunning.

Susie at pbmGarden

This project is so lovely, a testament to the thoughtfulness, care and execution that have gone into it. I hope you'll enjoy it immensely.

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