I often get searches on gardens that are terraced and I guess this is good as time as any to profile a few. Currently taking a tour of more Canada gardens, so see you with more coming up.Our side of the border has quite a few terraced properties along the Niagara Gorge, but on the other side in Canada, there is a wonderful neighborhood built right up a steeply winding road.
The Swansea neighborhood overlooks the beautiful Highland Park, and the view is stunning of Grenadier Pond.
Terracing and building on such steep terrain is an engineering feat to say the least, but beautiful, upscale homes are perched high atop the highest point. Properties plunge with steep stairs to match. Much rock was used to create these retaining walls and paths, and all are beautifully landscaped with appropriate hill hugging plantings.
Sloping terrain like found here means multi-level construction. Is your physical condition and energy compatible with climbing stairs throughout the day? Everyday? Can you afford the additional structural costs associated with building on steep, rocky property? Not to mention all the specialized machinery that is necessary to access a site like this.
Take the tour though the images and let me know if you would love to live here and walk these paths. How about building here?
Front or back, the gardens are well designed.
Natural dry laid stone battered back into the earth creates most of the retaining walls. No doubt, these are expensive homes.
The fabulous ironwork of artist, Wojtek Biczysko.
It is now garden tour time in our area, and I will be showing a lot of gardens like the last one, A Beautiful Woodland Garden Tour. I hope you are ready for ideas to make your own. Just think of that art piece above. What could you hang from a tree that would make an artistic and unique statement? A few cool things come to mind.
And… I will be showing you gardens from Niagara on the Lake, Ontario. Always well-appointed gardens there… stay tuned.