Raised stone beds, made of Pennsylvania Variegated Flagstone which we broke into strips onsite. These six beds with paths in between used up around 20 tons of stone. The splitting we did using a large roto-hammer with an angle iron underneath as an elongated pressure point, plus hand chisels.
Though it may look easy-breezy and graceful, it took three of us more than a month to complete. The construction of it is extra-sturdy even though the walls don’t exceed 10″ in thickness. This was a requirement of the client, that there should be as little intrusion on the planting area as possible (we replaced older wooden planters with the stone) while achieving as much long-term structural integrity as possible.
It is satisfying to see this garden progress over the years. The owner is an avid gardener, and she keeps it looking great.
by Mark Shepherd www.ShepherdStoneworks.com
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