Farmhouse Stream Construction
& Native Hillside Planting

New Canaan, CT

We received a call about a pond full of dead fish in New Canaan.  GJL was hired to restore water quality organically, and to design a more dramatic and functional habitat in the form of a cascading stream and native hillside planting.  We also installed a fieldstone staircase and patio to improve accessibility and interaction to the pond.

A diverse planting featuring native sunflowers, daisies and geraniums anchors the sloped stream bank & enlivens this country estate.
BEFORE: blue flags indicate daylilies that were transplanted and reorganized. Aggressive self-seeders, daylilies can create a monoculture if untamed.
AFTER: A grand outdoor staircase completes this country estate pondscape.
Close up of the native stream bank planting.
BEFORE: view of pond from above; white paint marks new stream area.
AFTER: We add live bacteria to create a biofilm culture on the filters and stone elements of the water feature – this preserves water quality in an ecological manner.
BEFORE: Looking across the pond at an un-landscaped eyesore. The lilacs on either side received extreme pruning to improve air circulation and light around the pond.
AFTER: Completed patio with spreading ground covers planted between the stone joints.
Fish! Alive and well! Thriving!
BEFORE: View of pond and newly cleared slope for waterfall/stream.
AFTER: Aeration from the waterfall plus a mechanical filter prevents unwanted algal growth and vegetation.
Always consider location when designing. The existing pond’s proximity to the house, deck and pool area called for a dramatic water feature that could stand as a focal point and recreation area.
AFTER: Shade-loving perennials complete the pond ecosystem on the far bank.
AFTER: curving and cascading, this naturalistic stream adds wonderful sound and movement to the previously neglected and overlooked pond area.
Newly planted shade garden in foreground and newly installed fieldstone staircase in the background.
Access is key! The river rock to the right helps prevent erosion of the slope.
View from above the waterfall. If you could hear this photo it would be buzzing with pollinators!