Award-winning pond and landscaping project in Ontario

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The homeowners asked Tumber & Associates to enhance and repair an existing pond and waterfall and to develop a landscape that would provide privacy from gawkers driving past the property. Judicious plantings and earth berms accomplished the task while making what passersby can no longer see all the more interesting.

When guests approach this residence in rural Ontario, landscape berms at first obscure, then gradually reveal, multi-cascade recirculating waterfalls that eventually lead to - and aerate - a well-stocked pond. Extensive plantings and mature spruce trees along the frontage terminate in a plank-style horse fence as guests turn into the drive.

Nearing the residence, visitors observe a mix of formal and wild: A welcoming walk, clearly accentuated with a trimmed boxwood hedge, fans out to connect with the drive. Halfway to the front door a staircase descends to a newly installed flagstone terrace with a curved knee wall made of hand-tooled stone. Coffee in hand, the homeowners can survey their two-acre, clay-lined pond and the Pine River valley beyond.

A hilltop gazebo situated next to the pond frames long views while a natural Wiarton flagstone terrace with a built-in fire pit and sitting rocks surrounds the gazebo. Several stone steps navigate the change of grade to the pond's sandy beach below.

The pond is naturalized into the setting with mass plantings of cedar, fir and sumac in winding beds. Canadian shredded red cedar mulch keeps maintenance easy. The waterfalls are powered by a 1-hp and a 2-hp pump. Recirculated water spills over eight waterfalls on its way to several natural pools that ultimately aerate and maintain the health of the pond and its trout population.

Back at the house, additional parking was required so Tumber built a new turnaround screened by mature 20-foot white pines and planted garden beds.

The Judges:

Nonemaker"The color of the water is very natural, and the whole project looks like it's been there for years. It's peaceful and serene."
ROBERT NONEMAKER, principal of Outerspaces, specializing in landscape and watershape design and construction, and Robert Nonemaker Exterior Designs, a watershape consultancy.

White"I love the rocky beach - it's so natural looking. It's got boulders that are one-half to two-thirds buried so it looks real."
LEE ANNE WHITE, photographer, landscape designer and writer; former editor-in-chief of Fine Gardening Magazine and author of numerous books including Taunton's Pool Idea Book.

DAVID TISHERMAN, principal and founder of David Tisherman's Visuals, principal and founder of Genesis 3 Design Group, and an award-winning designer and teacher.

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