A landscape designer’s personal parterre.
The site of landscape architect Mariane Wheatley-Miller’s personal garden in Syracuse, New York was rife with problems from the start. The native drumlin soil, formed by the movement of glacial ice sheets across rock debris, is stony, drains poorly, and dries out in the hot summer months. Old oaks and maples had extended their roots everywhere, making digging and planting difficult. Subsisting in this hostile growing environment was a neglected lawn, overgrown shrubs, and dying trees.