CARTWRIGHT ROAD

NEEDHAM, MASSACHUSETTS

CARTWRIGHT ROAD

NEEDHAM, MASSACHUSETTS

A new swimming pool garden surrounded by vibrant, deer-resistant perennial beds provides a soothing and tranquil oasis for a retired couple with children and grandchildren who visit regularly. A once dilapidated shed becomes a wonderful new destination amenity for this invigorating outdoor space. From outside the garden, large, weathered fieldstones dance amidst lawn and casually invite guests to the rustic setting. From inside the garden, thermal slabs of Abyss Green granite surround the pool in a random-ashlar pattern, and the hardscape is always comfortable to walk on, even on hot days. The new pool includes a continuous bench along one side, and an oversized staircase gives many areas for young kids to safely play. An elegant yet understated enclosure fence built from western red cedar, galvanized mesh, and granite accents, creates an almost invisible barrier that keeps the pool safe from wandering children and pets. A dining pergola provides additional shade, where a beautiful wisteria vine is quickly sculpting itself to the structure. Large new amelanchier trees anchor the garden to context and provide exceptional multi-seasonal displays.

Collaborators: Charles R. Myer & Partners, Columbia Contracting, Robert Hanss Landscape Construction, Custom Quality Pools, Distinctive Fence, Shadows and Light, Select Horticulture, Artemisia Perennial Supply