This garden is inspired by the outdoor tea ceremony or nodate. Winding paths lead to a central gathering area for intimate and focused conversation.
These renderings are essays in the placement of tsuboniwa style courtyard gardens within a modern machiya townhouse. Less attention was paid to plantings of the gardens and the architectural details.
My motivation in the design for this garden was to bring the forest floor up to human eye level. A winding rammed earth or stone retaining wall winds in a slow decent to a circular pavilion. Mosses cover the lip of retaining walls in hilly tufts. Restricted views and enclosure are the central elements. I…
At Sticks and Stones Farm, acres of pincushion moss have been cultivated on mountain slopes. A winding path was created by felling logs, lodging them in the crotches of trees, and backfilling with mulch. Click the panorama below to see it full size. Mountainside Panorama 2
In the summer of 2010 I began experimenting with small-scale landscapes using gneiss rock formations and pincushion moss. After 2 years the patchwork of moss fragments have filled in quite naturally. Photo Credit – Caitlin Finley
Since the winter of 2011 I have been working on the environmental restoration of the Saw Mill River in downtown Yonkers. In the 1920s the river was encased in a giant sewage pipe due to pollution from human waste and indulstrial contaminants. Construction began in 2011 to engineer a new riverbed with public green-space along…
From the summer of 2010 to the fall of 2011 I had the pleasure of working with Marc Keane on his “Tiger Glen Garden” at the Johnson Museum in Ithaca, NY. I worked on cultivating the moss and collecting the stone elements of the garden. After a year of maturation these are some incredible photos…
This moss I cultivated will serve as the ground cover for Marc Kean’s Tiger Glen Garden at the Johnson Museum of Art.
Here are some pictures from a recent trip to Cape Breton
Here are some pictures from a recent trip to Stormking Art Center. Enjoy!
A Stroll through Tofukuji’s Hojo Garden （方丈庭園）
An overview of the Ryogen-in (龍原院) sub-temple and garden of Daitokuji (大徳寺)
My first article in a series about the gardens of Daitokuji Temple (大徳寺) in Kyoto. Photo’s and commentary of the sub-temple Koto-in (高桐院).
Autumn photos of the completed labyrinth at Sticks and Stones Farm
Pictures of the oldest moss formation at sticks and stones
Pictures from my tour of Saihoji Moss Temple
Pictures of my newest garden at Sticks and Stones Farm
A few excerpts and interesting diagrams from Azby Brown’s “Just Enough”