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Skill Set


Project Size

250 - 500 sq ft

Project Location

Front yard

Sun Exposure

Full sun

Year Completed


Time Commitment

More than 40 hours of labor

Project Cost

less than $500

Other Project Elements

Pathways, Retaining walls, Raised/tiered beds

Resource Central Programs

Garden In A Box

Professional Help


Advice from the Owner

The raised beds were a ton of work to implement, but well worth it. And the paths between them really help to break up the space. The walls are made of strip stone, and the pathways are breeze stone. After I had a rough idea of what I wanted, I used a tool called gardenPlanner to help me with my designs. Its nothing fancy, but it helped me to figure out the square footage of my retaining walls and paths, which was incredibly helpful when ordering materials. The pictures that have the yard flat are before photos. The ones I added here are about 4 months after planting. I have the Shades of Summer and Hummingbird Delight Garden-in-a-Box sets, and they are both lovely!

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