How Small Can A Rock Garden Be?

How small can a rock garden be? Rock garden sizes depend on the accessories and elements that you include in your rock garden. "I think the intent is more the willingness than large and small size," says...

"I think the intent is more the willingness than large and small size," says Laddie Flock, owner of Natural Rock Formations, a company that has been in business for 17 years and has experience in all different styles and themes of rock gardens. Natural Rock Formations is one of the largest distributors of natural stone products on the Pacific coast and has been featured in many publications ranging from the Wall Street Journal to Landscape and Irrigation magazine. Their website can be found at

Flock feels the reason why you are building your rock garden is more important than the size. What do you want to use it for? Is it going to be a showplace for special events or is it a private place for you to be at one with your self or to commune with nature? Do you plan on using it as a location for meditation and perhaps to perform yoga, or is it a place where you want to be able to have dinner with friends? Is it a place to attract wildlife to your yard so they can eat and have a sense of security? The function of your rock garden is going to help you determine the size you want and need it to be.

The amount of money you have to spend is also going to be a factor in the size of your garden. Obviously the less money you have budgeted for this project, most likely the smaller it will be. It also depends on the amount of space you have available. When deciding the size of your rock garden, you will have to take all of these factors into consideration.

Flock says, " I've built many state gardens. I've built water features and water gardens with the artist Robert Erwin and that comprises of 4-5 acres for one garden. I've built gardens in backyards that are as small as 10 x 20, so I think it's more the intent. A lot of the smaller gardens turn into meditation gardens, where there is a sitting area, there is music. Or maybe the sound of a small water feature or a babbling brook and a nice sitting area that is secluded with plants appeals to you."

A rock garden can and should be a personal place that holds a connection for the owner, no matter what the size or the function of the garden is. This is your garden, your design. Put a part of yourself into the rock garden and you will feel this connection grow. You are using elements of nature to emphasize a particular aspect of your personality and this should be shown through the design of your garden.

Flock feels no matter what the size of the garden, large or small, you can make it your own by designing it to fit with who you are. Flock says, "You feel like you are in your own environment in a space that is better; it sits up against two storey houses that are right next to you and I think that is the beauty of outdoor gardens. You can create an atmosphere and no matter how big or small it is."

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