Case Studies

Project: Wellesley Hills Courtyard Gardens

Background

Our relationship began when the clients redeemed a gift certificate that I had donated for a fundraiser at a local library. After our initial on-site consultation, the clients asked for a proposal to redesign both the front and back courtyards of their Wellesley Hills condo, located in a renovated industrial building.

Project: Metro West Terraced Garden

Background

The clients had just finished building a home into a steep outcropping of granite. On the slope in front of the house, the builder had left them with a utilitarian wall made of manufactured blocks surrounded by compacted soil. The clients were excited to win a gift certificate for a design consultation that I had donated for a fundraiser at the local elementary school. After our initial meeting, the clients asked for a proposal to create terraces and plantings that would soften the concrete block wall and add curb appeal to their new home.

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Lots of design inspiration on this visit to Frederick, MD: outdoor stage in a burnt-down buildin....
Lots of design inspiration on this visit to Frederick, MD: outdoor stage in a burnt-down building, historic homes juxtaposed with architectural trees, and a drainage ditch transformed into an appealin Read More
Just completed this boulder retaining wall enhanced with rugged bluestone risers.  It functions ....
Just completed this boulder retaining wall enhanced with rugged bluestone risers. It functions as a sitting wall, and even includes an armchair! With the existing decorative pavers by Stonecutter Fa Read More
Very excited to start my first native plant seeds from Wild Seed Project in Maine! #wildseedproj....
Very excited to start my first native plant seeds from Wild Seed Project in Maine! #wildseedproject
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Asclepias incarnata—Swamp Milkweed—my favorite perennial for fall color.  It’s been showin....
Asclepias incarnata—Swamp Milkweed—my favorite perennial for fall color. It’s been showing color for over a month now, gorgeous shades or maroon and yellow. The spectacular fall color follows the fr Read More
The one and only mum I buy every year.  I never get tired of this color.
The one and only mum I buy every year. I never get tired of this color.
Sunday morning reading in the garden—#plantinginapostwildworld My latest inspiration, this boo....
Sunday morning reading in the garden—#plantinginapostwildworld My latest inspiration, this book articulates and expands on a lot of the ways my own design work has been moving in recent years.
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I never get tired of strolling around the garden to see who’s at work in my #pollinatorplaygro....
I never get tired of strolling around the garden to see who’s at work in my #pollinatorplayground.
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We liberated this home that sits in our #sherbornsanctuarygarden from its oppressively overgrown....
We liberated this home that sits in our #sherbornsanctuarygarden from its oppressively overgrown foundation shrubs and installed a drip edge of river stone around the foundation. In addition to creat Read More
When I’m designing, I always start with the pathways.  I love how this one in our #sherbornsan....
When I’m designing, I always start with the pathways. I love how this one in our #sherbornsanctuarygarden leads you from the more conventional front foundation planting to a secret oasis behind the h Read More
Always fun to see these guys in the garden, on dill and fennel.  Swallowtail butterfly caterpillars.
Always fun to see these guys in the garden, on dill and fennel. Swallowtail butterfly caterpillars.
Lush greens are ready to harvest just two weeks after planting.####ediblelandscaping#vegetablegarden
Lush greens are ready to harvest just two weeks after planting.
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1st installation of the season—A tribute to Lopez Brothers Landscaping that these Wintergreen ....
1st installation of the season—A tribute to Lopez Brothers Landscaping that these Wintergreen arborvitaes look so good after being planted on a day of screaming 50mph wind. These will make a much-app Read More
First mowing after installation of Black Beauty sod on our family tetherball court, after the ar....
First mowing after installation of Black Beauty sod on our family tetherball court, after the area was dug up for a new drainage system to alleviate flooding of the garage. In my designs, I use very Read More
So happy to finally plant spring veggies in my new cedar planting table.  It features gorgeous p....
So happy to finally plant spring veggies in my new cedar planting table. It features gorgeous plants from White Barn Farm and Russells Garden Center.
Looking forward to another Aronia harvest this summer!  Last year, we simmered berries from my g....
Looking forward to another Aronia harvest this summer! Last year, we simmered berries from my garden into a simple syrup, which we mixed with homemade Aronia liqueur from the mountains of Bosnia into Read More
Taking inspiration from nature—on a hike through Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, I was impresse....
Taking inspiration from nature—on a hike through Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, I was impressed with the texture contrast provided by the delicate fronds of cinnamon fern and the bold foliage of skun Read More
Spring flowers, including many #nativeplants, are about to bloom in our #wellesleymeditationgard....
Spring flowers, including many #nativeplants, are about to bloom in our #wellesleymeditationgarden, featuring statues that our clients brought home from their travels. Stonework by Grignaffini Earths Read More
Love this new mini greenhouse from IKEA!  I bought several to harden off plants for my garden an....
Love this new mini greenhouse from IKEA! I bought several to harden off plants for my garden and clients’ gardens.
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Working hard to plan all of our clients’ ornamental kitchen gardens with vegetables, herbs, ed....
Working hard to plan all of our clients’ ornamental kitchen gardens with vegetables, herbs, edible flowers, and flowers that attract pollinators and beneficial insects. *
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These seeds are ready for the germination chamber (which in my house means setting them on a hea....
These seeds are ready for the germination chamber (which in my house means setting them on a heated floor and covering them with black plastic until they sprout, which usually only takes a few days).

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Sweetgum Horticulture is serving clients in the Metro West communities of Boston, MA, including Wellesley, Weston, Newton, Needham, Natick, Wayland, Lincoln, Dover, Sherborn and Sudbury.

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