terms of non-plant accessories, pathway lighting is often
necessary to illuminate steps, ramps, landings and features
along the route. Decorative tiles and cobble medallions,
bird baths, boulders and statuary that grace path junctions
and margins serve as focal points and conversation pieces.
I recycled an antique bird bath that no longer held water
to use as an ivy planter. I also reused an old grindstone
to create an historic marker along a walkway.
steps accessorized with container plantings
Paths and walkways are critical to the function and aesthetics
of a well-designed garden. Take your time, complete the required
inventory and material-selection processes, and visit stone
suppliers and installers. This will help you to achieve a
pathway system that best fits your garden.
Text by Frank Kershaw
Photos by Marnie Wright
Frank Kershaw is an award-winning horticulturist with thirty-five
years' experience. He teaches garden design and horticultural
courses at George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario, and at
the Toronto Botanical Garden. Frank is also a presenter at
the Lee Valley Tool Ltd. seminars at the Toronto stores.
Marnie Wright (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a lifelong gardener,
writer and passionate garden photographer. Her Rocksborough
Garden, developed over thirty years, is located in Bracebridge,