As you first approach the Rock Garden you probably don’t notice that something doesn’t feel right, until…
…You get close enough to see that the crushed white granite is disturbed. The harder you look, the more jarring the
What disturbs the granite?
The answer is animals — usually deer or kids. Deer have free run of the Reserve. This time one wandered through on a Saturday night.
So the question we’re about to answer is: How do you rake the granite chips so that what you see in the above photo is restored to the view in the below photo?
Restoring the chips to their original pattern requires that the gardener first restore the smooth surface between the
line patterns with a very long-handled squeegee.
In doing this, he can only stand on one of three surfaces. They are the garden perimeter, an interior rock, or on a
patterned area that will be restored later.
Next, he restores the pattern around the first set of rocks.
Then he does the perimeter lines.
Then he does the pattern around the second set of rocks.