T H E U S E S O F S T O N E I N T H E G A R D E N
Stone furnishes the framework, the structure, and the sense of permanence that transforms gardens.
Whether in the form of retaining or free-standing walls, terraces or walkways, as bold standing
stones or as boulders at the edge of a small stream, stone lends a garden focus, providing the
perfect foil to plants. In this slide-illustrated lecture that grows out of his new book STONE IN
(WW Norton, New York, 2001), garden designer Gordon Hayward will talk about the many
creative as well as practical roles stones can play to give a garden a feeling of timelessness,
structure, and solidity. He will cover both the aesthetics of stone, as well as the practical
concerns about the proper way to lay and set stone in the garden. Some of the topics he will
address include stone underfoot, standing stones, walls, stone garden ornaments and their placement
as well as the interaction of stone and water.
ABOVE: A garden in Southern New Hampshire.