Ecology + Design

Terraced Native Gardens w. Water Feature & Natural Hardscape | Westchester, NY

We’re excited to finally share photos of this completed landscape, featuring: a disappearing, naturalistic water feature (constructed by Cooper Ponds), a natural stone patio for the clients’ viewing pleasure, and pathways meandering through terraced native gardens.

Disappearing waterfall feature as viewed from the stone patio.


This series is part of our 2020 Countdown of GJLs Best Landscape Design Projects of the Year! This is #4: Harvest Hill and the Terrace of the Sun.

Designing Terraced Native Gardens

What was once a steep slope of weeds and invasive plants is now a highly productive permaculture-inspired terraced native garden with built-in erosion control measures. Learn more about the existing conditions, the landscape design and the installation and construction of this landscape on our previous project blog, Permaculture Terrace Garden with Erosion Control in Hastings, NY.

This sloped property required a series of garden terraces and pathways designed with erosion control devices to preserve soil.

Water Feature: Naturalistic Waterfall

Water features are an important element of designing Certified Wildlife Habitats. Many animals including birds benefit from water features of various depths: bathing, drinking and sometimes feeding in them.

Since this is a permaculture landscape, a major design goal was to create holistic habitat for wildlife and pollinators.

Close up of the naturalistic waterfall, installed by Cooper Ponds.

It was such a pleasure to work with Cooper Ponds on this project. Their staff was professional, timely and exhibited true craftsmanship. They really know how to produce a water feature that looks like its been in the landscape for years!

Wood chip walkway with log steps for erosion control leads to the waterfall.
GJL designed & installed natural stone staircase with river rock and boulder edging.
Natural hardscape, from wood chips to stone, pairs seamlessly with the waterfall and habitat gardens.

Looks like an amazing space to relax in! Every landscape can benefit from native gardens & water feature! Check out our Stone & Water Galleries for more examples of our natural masonry and water feature design work!

View from the patio — very inviting!

We can’t wait to see these gardens develop in spring and summer — stay tuned for more photos!!

View from the lower walkway. Waterfall yet to be installed.

Contact us about your permaculture, ecological landscape design, or natural hardscape project – 914-560-6570. 

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