The use of dry stone walls is common in local gardens here on Bequia. Often, the site is on a hillside, with the gardens sloping away downhill, creating many issues for the gardener and owner alike.
The use of dry stone walls creates ‘layers’ or ‘steps’ down the garden, blending in with the other building works in and around the site, but also fitting in with the natural habitat, the existing rocks and other formations.
Here you can clearly see the creation of areas for planting, provising space and separation to a steeply sloped garden area, which was surrounding the pool. Once fully planted up and established, the plants will provide cover, shape, colour and architecture to this otherwise shapeless area.
The initial phase is to clear the area and install the walls:
Then the planting can start and the site begins to take shape: