Altering and stabilizing the fragile hillsides with terracing and proper
drainage was a major undertaking. Much stone masonry was employed to create pathways and stairways which served as supporting terraces with the odd
stone bench to make the total attractive. Water was supplied from a half mile away which was
then routed to the various water features in the garden. Protective walls to handle the
seasonal rains/floods had to be constructed on both sides of the Arroyo Seco riverbed to protect the
gardens. It took a large crew of laborers to create all the elements of the garden and a sizeable staff
to maintain the gardens over the years.