“Stone provides a tangible sense of the enduring to garden designs. Just as the warmth of day is balanced by the cool of night, growth and change need the permanency of rock and stone.”
Stone plays an indispensable role in garden design. Where plant materials are soft and transient, stone is stable and abiding. Stone embodies the masculine characteristics of strength and rigidity, providing a backdrop against which the feminine aspects of growth and renewal are made all the more enticing.
James Martin incorporates stone in myriad ways throughout his garden designs, from dry creek beds lined with polished river rock to the patterned geometries of textured pavers and natural slate walkways. Stone adds a balanced permanence to the evolving facades and seasonal variations in verdant foliage and effervescent blooms.
“The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time.”