Garden Design

Bearman Courtyard 

A dreary front yard is transformed into a delightful and nature-filled courtyard.

The clients' front yard was a sunken gravel pit.  There was also a view from the front door facing a large gravel parking area.  

We screened the parking from the house front porch with a bamboo fence and created a completely new entry courtyard to give a feeling of coziness and a finite boundary to the garden. 

 We added a raised boardwalk and tough, native plants and grasses.

Within two days, the pond had a chorus of frogs living there.  The clients say it has completely changed how they live.  Now they seek out the front courtyard to spend to relax and enjoy nature.

The "Meadow Project"

A longterm project to reclaim a former septic field with mostly native north american grasses and wildflowers to create habitat for pollinators

and wildlife of all types.

Meadow gardens require trial and error and patience.  But they are well worth it as the results serve more than to beautify.  Meadow gardens provide valuable habitat for many species of wildlife, whose homes and habitat are disappearing everywhere.

Now established, this meadow is never watered or fertilized.  All it needs is one mowing of the dead stalks in the winter to allow the past season’s seeds to disperse and room for the perennials to reemerge in the spring.  Because it is heavily planted with both perennials and grasses,  it is very difficult for weeds to take hold.   


The recipe for this perennial test garden was:

native perennials: 25%

native grasses: 40%

adapted non-native grasses (noninvasive): 35%

pesticides: 0%

supplemental watering:  never

Result:  100% wildlife friendly, rain-watered and drought tolerant.

Water Garden

Fed by rainwater and a recirculating pump -

This garden is self-sustaining because it is fed by rainwater.  Goldfish eat the algae, hence no chemicals are needed.  Supplemental water is only added during extreme drought to protect the existing animals that live in this water garden.

Many species of animals visit and depend on this little garden for water.  

Arielle C. Schechter, AIA  / T 919-933-1400 / F 919-933-0102 / E © 2013 by Arielle C. Schechter

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