sound barrier garden designs
This garden is very long and narrow and is adjacent to a noisy, busy highway, requiring innovative solutions. Leff Landscape Associates, Inc created a sound barrier with a fountain and stream to muffle the sound of the traffic. The angular seat wall creates intimate seating areas, and the stream side plantings lend credence to the ecosystem. A long narrow alley space now beckons the visitor to an area which is intimate, interesting and inviting, and provides a sense of peace and seclusion.
Lighting highlights focal points of the fountain, the Maple trees, and spots along the stream. The paving was chosen to match the tile in kitchen so that there is a continuous flow from the house to the garden.
The sound from the water feature comes from multiple sources. It gurgles up form the top and it splashes from below. The stream, which is on a separate system also makes its own noise. The multiple tones and rhythms, although not loud, are complex enough to distract from the traffic sounds beyond.
This wall is intended to add dimension to this linear garden, but it also acts as extra seating. The corners and turns create conversation nooks. When there aren’t very many people in the garden, the wall are still attractive.
Looking back to the house and the kitchen door, it is apparent how the garden is cohesive, yet interesting with a variety of spaces to be in.