For more than a century, hand-laid stone walls have played an important role at Greenwood in creating a terraced landscape and other defined spaces in the garden. The quality of the original craftsmanship of the walls is evident in the way they have persevered through time, only needing repair in the last several years. We use the winter months, when the garden is closed to the public, to address maintenance projects such as these.
Recently, we have been rebuilding the low stone walls that define the Teahouse Lawn. The original walls were constructed to give the appearance of dry-laid stone, a technique of stacking perfectly fitted stones into a wall that does not require mortar as a reinforcement, though in this case, “hidden mortar” was applied internally to maintain the structure of the wall through time. After more than 100 years of weathering the seasons in the garden, the internal mortar had disintegrated to the point that the walls had begun to collapse, a situation further exacerbated by the weight of the large urns flanking the curved steps at the entrance to the lawn.
To the naked eyed, the restored walls will appear as before because they are reconstructed from the original stone and using the same dimensions.