Stone Masonry in Portland- Why So Expensive?

by Ben Bowen

Stone paths, drystack walls, and slate patios may seem simple, they are definitely beautiful. One thing they are not? Cheap.

Of all the landscape services we offer, stone elements are most frequently out of budget for a potential client. The reason concrete pavers and retaining wall systems exist? Because the real deal (stone) is so expensive!

Ok, stone masonry can be a budget buster. Why? Two primary reasons:

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Landscape Design vs Detailed Proposal

by Ben Bowen

If you are reading this we have met to discuss your landscape project. We discussed two ways that, as the landscape designer here at Ross NW Watergardens, I can help your project move forward. The first is a formal landscape design and the second is a detailed proposal. Which is right for you?

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5 Portland Landscape Designers You Should Know

by Ben Bowen

We are a full service landscape firm that can take your landscape from concept to completion.

But we know we are not always the best fit for every client or project. And we certainly appreciate that there are a bunch of talented  landscape architects and designers here in Portland. So, if you don't work with us, who should you consider? 

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Handling Rainwater in Your Garden

by Ben Bowen

Rainwater management in Portland Oregon is a big deal. How can you capture rain from your property and landscape and then manage or even utilize it? This rainwater management guide from Ross NW Watergardens will help you understand.

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4 Great Portland Stone Yards

by Ben Bowen

Here at Ross NW Watergardens we love natural stone. Our landscape designs are full of it. Patios, fire features, water features, paths, walls, and columns all are best when real stone is used. Boulder groupings are a trademark element of our gardens.

But where does all this stone come from? Where do we buy our boulders, slate, and stepping stones? Here are 4 great stone yards we use:

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