Boardwalks Bridge the Gap into Nature
Developing a solid pathway through murky, sandy or altering lands, a boardwalk produces a safe place for drifting. These simple, utilitarian landscape solutions can transform almost any exterior surface into a usable — frequently beautiful — walkway.
I recently stumbled upon a gorgeous town park in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where boardwalks jut into the marshes of Wildwood Park, creating a calm stroll through an otherwise inaccessible landscape.
Let’s take a better look at this particular park; it might just motivate you to add a wood walk to your own backyard escape.
Wildwood Park has miles of usually inaccessible marsh, but in addition, it contains miles of boardwalks that make it a relaxing atmosphere. The boardwalks curve round the organic lines of the property, jetting out into the marshes in intervals to give visitors the opportunity to view wildlife up close.
Sceltas Build + Consult
Have you got an inaccessible portion of your yard? A boardwalk could help transform it.
Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture
Garden Design for Boardwalks
if you would like a tall, lifted boardwalk, integrate plantings that simply brush the walk. When the plants are too short, the boardwalk will feel unanchored. When the plants are too tall, it can feel claustrophobic.
Arterra Landscape Architects
If you design a boardwalk low to the floor, your plant options expand. In this case, you can pretty much work with plants of any elevation. Don’t slow foot traffic with competitive, growers that are horizontal.
Ferns and other woodland plants will be the perfect height and shape to get a boardwalk.
More plants for pathways
Ron Herman Landscape Architect
If possible, design the boardwalk around the existing plantings. Trees can provide the basic outline for the boardwalk and give a ceiling for visitors strolling along the road.
Here, a broad deck-like boardwalk helps to frame the home and garden, grounding the home to its own site.
Christopher Yates Landscape Architecture
A boardwalk can help bring diagonals to a circular or directly space. These intersecting boardwalks provide movement to the left of the space when creating the opportunity for a water garden near the top of the framework.
Look at installing planking for practical functions, aesthetic appeal or to get closer to the wildlife that lives nearby. Whether you choose weathered pine or redwood, stained finishes or a natural glow, boardwalks can give your area a whole new vibe and a whole new purpose.