‘Big Dig’ Reclaimed Cobblestones

If you live in New England, you no doubt know about the continued ails of the “Big Dig”.  Personally whenever I enter the tunnels that traverse the city of Boston and part of the harbor, I find myself driving as slow as possible in the far right lane maintaining one eye on the ceiling.  I logic that if slow down, the impact of a falling piece of concrete, or more recently a light fixture, will be less likely to kill me.  Plus, maybe I might be able to dodge.

boston's big dig reclaimed cobbles for garden use

While the dilemma of the less than safe tunnels rages on, there is no doubt that on the street level, Boston is a much better place now that there isn’t a highway going right through the middle of it.  In it’s place there is now a beautiful greenway.   The construction project was the largest municipal undertaking of it’s type ever, and it changed the face of Boston dramatically.

I was pleased to learn that StoneFarm was able to salvage a bit of what was lost in the undertaking.  Some of the stone cobbles that were part of Boston’s ‘New World’ history were taken up, salvaged, and are now available for your own garden project.

reclaimed cobblestone walkway

Did you know that many of the original new England streets were paved with cobbles imported from Europe.  They were used for ballast in the boats that came across with settlers and when they arrived they used them for  paving.

Anyway, I have used salvaged cobbles in my garden and they are lovely to work with and to look at.   If you want to add some history and character to your garden, these and other reclaimed products are a great way to do it.

reclaimed big dig cobblestone

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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.

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  1. Tim Lee on March 18, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    I just looked at some reclaimed granite pieces from an abandoned quarry in Maine for a project thins morning. I love it all, so many application now for paving, walls, edging etc. and i so many sizes and textures.

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