Tucked away in the woods of Graham is a sprawling garden from the pages of a storybook. Swaths of flowers border a lawn that flows in different directions. Each garden bed is flush with hundreds of plants: fluffy peonies here, yellow cloisters of ranunculus there, colonies of hosta winding like a forest stream. The colors and forms are endless.

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Part 1: The Basics

Dear Washington Rock: I’m creating a gravel garden path, but it has to pack well because a wheelchair will roll on it. I have to get this right so the homeowner using the wheelchair can get her exercise and use her garden.

Do you have advice on how to create a wheelchair-accessible gravel path?

—Daniel from Brooklyn, NY

Below you’ll find an in-depth discussion about how to make gravel surfaces wheelchair accessible. Check out Part 2: Application to see our video about Daniel’s project and how we adapted these standards using local materials. Part 2 has not yet been published.

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