Permaculture Terrace Garden

Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

This sloped, formally weed-strewn front yard received a major design overhaul.

GJL designed a series of garden terraces that deploy permaculture principals by combining native ornamentals with edible shrubs, fruiting trees, vegetables, and herbs.

In between the garden terraces, boulder-retained walkways were designed to reduce erosion and channel stormwater.

A new, central, natural stone patio is the perfect perch to enjoy the garden and the recirculating waterfall (constructed by Cooper Ponds)



  • Erosion-proof terrace construction for slope stabilization
  • Edibles incorporated with ornamentals
  • Natural stone masonry patio, staircases, and boulder-lined woodchip paths

In the words of the client:

From the first visit to the design presentation, to plant selection, to soil remediation, to hardscape choices, to planting, each stage was executed according to clear & transparent communication. How refreshing to work with folks who take their job seriously, are open to learning new things and love what they do. … Throughout the process communication was stellar, which is the key to success in every endeavor. The results were better than I could have hoped.”

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