Located at a private residence north of Montreal, this project repaired and revitalized the leaking pond and its surrounding area. This space, which was unproductive and had little vegetative diversity, was transformed into a lush landscape filled with native edible and flowering plants. Terraces were also integrated into the landscape, allowing the client to enjoy the space, which had previously been difficult to access. Oriented to make best use of the afternoon and evening sun, the main terrace provides a great place to enjoy a meal and an evening fire with family and friends. Key to the site’s sensory experience is the peaceful sound of the stream trickling in the background.
The addition of high quality soil allowed the plants to flourish.
The stream is designed to look natural.
The once gravel covered area, is now lush with blueberries, strawberries, wintergreen and other native groundcovers.
The leaky pond.
The repaired pond.
A view of the stone walkway.
The pond in winter.
The groundcover plants took very well. Native flowers and aquatic plants were added in and around the pond.
The pond reflecting the autumn colours.
The main terrace and slope before work began.
Finishing the main terrace.
A stone staircase was added to allow for easy access.
All the vegetation is growing well. The perennial flowers and shrubs will continue growing and spreading, becoming more prominent over next few years.
The lower terrace with a narrow, but nice view of the lake.
The embankments are starting to come to life, attracting insect biodiversity.
The main terrace and natural fire hearth on the right. This is where the table and benches were placed.
The fire hearth.
Echinaceas along the stone walkway. A cedar bridge was installed later, allowing people to cross the stream.
At night the landscape has a different feel.
An excerpt from the plans.