The Stream Garden is the latest discrete garden area to
be completed. The focal point of the Stream Garden is a four
hundred foot long, six hundred gallon per minute roaring
mountain stream cascading through densely planted adjacent
beds and falling fifty feet in that distance.
The stream terminates at the central lake (number six) by
flowing under a ten-foot hand carved granite arch bridge. It
is anchored on one corner by a bronze sculpture of a small
boy gathering crabs and referred to as 'Crab Boy'. It then
continues upstream through the area directly south of the
house, over two waterfalls and several placid pools
surrounded by large rocks, conifers and a hand carved
granite Japanese lantern.
The small round pool at the head of the second waterfalls
is is the outlet for a significant fresh water spring. This
spring provided water for the original farmhouse that was on
this property for one hundred years and was sited in the
same area as the present house. Where the larger pool is
located was the mud wallow for the pigs and just south of
this area was the barn. Needless to say, this immediate area
has an abundance of fertile soil!
Continuing west, the stream flows over a shallow area
that is a ford to walk across or drive equipment through. To
the South is the first of four pieces of bronze sculpture by
Charles Reina of Long Island, New York. They are a series
titled 'Beginnings I, II, III & IV' and symbolize the
beginning of spring and life in the form of stylized bulbs
just beginning to emerge. The remaining three pieces are
located in the rocky outcroppings about half way up the
stream and just North of another stream crossing.
The stonework that forms and defines the streams was
placed late in 2001. In the fall of 2002, over fifty
varieties of ornamental trees were planted in the adjacent
beds. In the spring of 2003 the remaining planting of woody
shrubs, perennials and groundcovers were placed.
One can continue upstream on grass paths on both sides of
the stream to a large waterfall and enter the Serenity
Please enjoy your stroll through the Stream Garden and
your visit to the Gardens and the grand vistas and intimate
niches. We hope that you will find inspiration here.