Beautiful Bocce Court

I wanted to make a quick post about an article I read some time ago in This Old House Magazine.  It is available online and it is one of the best articles I have seen about creating a great outdoor play area that is appropriate for all ages.  The design is excellent but the article also (helpfully) goes into great detail about the construction.

From the Article:

Working from a design by landscape architect Elliott Brundage, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook took one backyard, overgrown with bittersweet and poison ivy, and turned it into a sports lovers’ heaven, squeezing in a croquet lawn, a horseshoe pit, and a bocce court.

If you are planning anything like this, it is worth checking into.

Bocce court in the garden design by elliott brundage this old house magazine

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.


  1. Michelle Derviss on February 14, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Nice looking bocce ball court.
    The green top dressing looks a little out of the norm though.
    Traditionally we use oyster shell powder and crushed oyster shell as a top coat and finish coat which leaves the playing surface smooth ( no ball tracks ) and white.

    I like this author’s idea about using Trex type recycled wood as the interior back bounce surface.
    I’ve been using redwood for years and after about 10- 15 years or so of heavy use it needs to be repaired due to all the dings and subsequent cracks.

    Thanks for the link to the article.

  2. MsB on April 16, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Great Looking bocce court. On the east coast we normally use stone dust. Oyster shells are not readily available.

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