In our case- outside the boundaries of Muskoka, where we also expanded our design to include materials and plants not generally included in our Muskoka projects. Late last year Rockscape took on this project with a special purpose Dog Tales, a horse and rescue shelter-
“an animal sanctuary like no other! The farm is located on an incredible 50 acres of green fields, rolling hills, and wooded areas in King City Ontario, just a short drive from downtown Toronto. Our picturesque location is the perfect safe haven for lost, abused and neglected animals to heal and be rehabilitated while they wait for forever homes. Our property features three large barns for the horses and an indoor arena which we have transformed into a one of a kind doggie haven, complete with unique animal artwork from all around the world. We rescue dogs and horses from across Canada…”
Traditionally we work on sloped waterfronts with lots of boulders, stonework, large existing trees, and a harsh climate. This King City farm presented its own set of challenges- large flat expanses that had to be a very hard working and durable because of the amount of use it will see.
If you read our last post, you will recognize this as our excavator lifted by a crane over the main driveway.
All of the walkways are made of stamped concrete, they are poured in large areas and stamped to give them the effect of natural stone. They are extremely durable, completely level and very low maintenance. It is also less expensive than natural stone.
The warmer zone 5b climate, also allowed us to plant with perennials and shrubs that wouldn’t survive in Muskoka- roses, butterfly bush, along with different hydrangea varieties all planted to match the owner’s aesthetic.
Large flat expanses of farm land were sodded, the lawn areas provide a durable low maintenance area to entertain and to let the rescue dogs play.
The idea to convert a traditional drainage swale into large bubbling stream. quickly became a focal point with a natural stone bridge built above. The bridge leads to a cafe where the stone terrace was still being installed by some of our crew.
We wrapped up this project in mid autumn 2014, in preparation for the successful grand opening. For which the Rockscape team completely decked out the exterior with fall displays. Although the last thing we want to think about right now is fall, we can still appreciate the display!
For more information on Dog Tales Rescue Sanctuary please visit: www.dogtales.ca