Soil layers provided inspiration for a new fence to contain this small townhouse garden. The layered stone, brick, and blackened steel wall provides a rich backdrop to the newly renovated first floor of the 1909 Capitol Hill townhouse.
Moody Graham worked closely with the project architect to ensure the house and garden are interconnected. Plants were welcomed inside and out.
A second theme of black locust weaves through the project in various forms. The deck, fence, and gate are all constructed from black locust lumber; the stair handrail is a black locust branch that was steamed and straightened; and the focal tree is a black locust cultivated variety called Purple Robe. Black locust was selected for it's strength, rot resistance, durability, beauty, and long term sustainability.
Photos by Allen Russ
Garden Concept Sketch
Soil Horizons Diagram
Wall Section Detail
Oldetowne (Landscape), Impact (Building)
reclaimed bluestone, blackened steel, black locust wood, brick, granite gravel