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Advice: Landscape minimalism. Drainage & open-air entertainment!

Kate Carey
last year

Really yearning to make my property a low-key open space for neighborhood gatherings. Yes, a kind of park-like setting. How can I keep it "open", AND build in drainage so that the bottom of the yard is not smushy? Can I do a French drain or wet garden halfway down the slope (since significant tree roots are at the very bottom)? ...or do I just put in other kinds of drainage throughout?

My 1928 tudor was engulfed w/English Ivy so I focused on removal and enhancements over 13 years. Now I need to replace driveway and blend the open lot so it feels parklike overall. Your ideas please!

Color theme after removing English Ivy & staining rockwork.

Adjacent yard, sopping wet at bottom most of season. Options for drainage, vegetation alongside house (bushes are gone). I want a park setting!

This is the left-hand side of yard, hoping for a sort-of stage/bandshell in lower left corner.

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