Case Studies

View of a reconstructed stone path, with newly planted perennials and a small Aronia tree by the fence to the backyard

Background & Client Goals

My client lives in a duplex house with a shared entrance and front yard. There is steep terrain leading down the side of the house to the backyard. The soil had become eroded and washed out over the years, making it difficult for plants to take root and thrive. With a love of gardening and growing vegetables, but also tending to the shared front yard, my client wanted a garden she could easily maintain on her own. Her goal was to continue growing vegetables and edible plants around her patio, and establish a thriving garden of native plants growing along a stone path. She also hoped her garden would become an attractive habitat for hummingbirds and pollinators.

Project: Metro West Terraced Garden


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.

Area of Service

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

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Gift certificates are available for all of Sweetgum Horticulture's services. These make great birthday, thank-you or Mother’s Day gifts.

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