The group of seven trainees repaired seventeen sections of stone wall or 617 linear feet of wall during four days at the gardens. A few walls required complete dismantling, some required dismantling of short segments to repair collapsed sections, and the majority of walls required only removing the frosting layer or the frosting layer and the course below to dig out embedded 8 grass, roots, pine needles and other organic material. Rocks were carefully removed and set on the ground in the position they came off the wall so they could be replaced in the same position in the wall. Historic photographs were used when available to replicate the original appearance of the wall as closely as possible. Repairs to walls are generally described below and in more detail in the field notes in Appendix A.
Free-Standing Perimeter Wall
This is one of six sections of free-standing stone wall that divide the summit of the garden from what appear to be Mr. Ellsworth’s working parts of the garden, containing compost containment areas and piles of rock. Although there are sculptures beyond this wall, it seems that they were meant to be viewed from a distance or represent areas of the garden that were works in progress. This wall is different in that instead of frosting, it was topped with a rail fence. A 40’ section of this stone wall was repaired by removing rocks to base, cleaning out organic debris, and restacking the wall. The wood fence will be reconstructed in the future based on historic photos and fence remnants that can still be found on site.