Outdoor Stonework

Stone Walls & Pillars

Stone retaining walls:

Retaining wall/planter box

This front yard needed to be dug down significantly from the road level, so we put in a stone retaining wall and turned it into a raised-bed planter box as well. We planted it with salvia and lilies, which will brighten this roadside with a colorful array of purple and yellow blossoms. The top of the wall makes a fine bench to sit on, too.
Note the flat capstones in this and the other stone walls and pillars shown here — an important detail of craftsmanship that protects the underlying stonework, like a roof, from rain and snow seepage that would deteriorate its joints over time.
Planter walls
Planter-wall detail

Curved stone retaining wall

Curved stone retaining wall
Curved stone retaining wall, closeup

Peaked stone retaining wall

Peaked stone retaining wall
Peaked stone retaining wall

Stone retaining wall at steep embankment

Stone retaining wall at steep embankment
Stone retaining wall at steep embankment, detail of peak
Closeup of stonework at peak of wall

Stone retaining wall for raised bed (Arden project)

BEFORE
Stone retaining wall for raised bed in Arden by Asheville landscaper Ambrose Landscapes View larger
BEFORE
Stone retaining wall for raised bed in Arden by Asheville landscaper Ambrose Landscapes View larger
Stacked-stone walls may look rustic, but they require much more skill and practice to build than you might think — as many homeowners discover when they try their hand at one. Our craftsmen disassembled this wall, grouped matching stones, added a few more and re-laid the courses to make a raised-bed retaining wall that's neat, sturdy and attractive.
AFTER
Stone retaining wall for raised bed in Arden by Asheville landscaper Ambrose Landscapes View larger
AFTER
Stone retaining wall for raised bed in Arden by Asheville landscaper Ambrose Landscapes View larger
AFTER (another view)
Stone retaining wall for raised bed in Arden by Asheville landscaper Ambrose Landscapes View larger
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Stone pillars:

Stone entrance pillars with street sign

Stone pillars flanking entrance with street sign and retaining wallStone pillar with street sign

Stone pillar bearing monument plaque

Stone pillar with bronze memorial plaque
Closeup of stone pillar with bronze memorial plaque

The bronze memorial plaque reads:

June Carol Adams Preserve

June 16, 2005

753 acres of Edmondson Mountain and headwaters of the Catawba River forever preserved for wildlife

Acquisition by Foothills Conservancy made possible by the tremendous generosity of June Adams

Dedicated by June Adams in honor of her father Colonel Daniel Weisinger Adams

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