To put it frankly - I was blown away! To imagine that there was a garden like this in town and I knew nothing about it was, stunning. Now that I do know it exists, I have visited it 5 times. I sure hope Lorrie and Kevin don't get tired of me.
This special place was one of the good things that came out of the Covid shutdown. It was conceived and created in a two+ year span. I look forward to Wildernest being on the tour every few years so we can all enjoy its evolution.
"During the lockdown of COVID we were home and wanted to connect with nature and each other as well as keep our minds, hearts and souls busy."
And thus we are welcomed to the Wildernest
The Front Garden
Upon entering the garden you are invited to first explore the Front Garden. My second visit to the garden was in the Spring when I went to get some "teaser" shots to entice people to get their tickets to the garden tour.
After the tulips and daffodils were finished they were replaced by hostas, hydrangeas, lilies and delicate alpine plants.
Right behind the Front Garden you will find the Europe Alley, narrow and enticing.
I visited most of the gardens the day before the tour to do my photo shoots so as a result I was around when part of this garden was being put in place. Oh My! Simply amazing!
Lorrie loves troughs. They are home to a collections of alpines and succulents that is extraordinary. But up until the day before the tour not all these pieces were in place. The hugely impressive ones in front had only just been delivered yet they made it look like they had been there as long as the garden had.
Nothing says Welcome like seeing it written on the door of the garage. It used to be a garage at least. Now it is a wintering place for all the garden succulents and other paraphernalia that is needed to maintain a space like this.
Ever wonder what to do with a bird bath that has sprung a leak? Fill it with gravel and plant some tiny alpine succulents!
Troughs, troughs and more troughs
From your vantage point on the deck you can enjoy Dr. Jeeva's Garden as well as the pond and the fire pit.
Dr. Jeeva's Garden?
Another example of good neighbours. A theme that has appeared and reappeared in this year's tour. This garden was put in to give their good neighbour a view to enjoy as well.
Who doesn't love the sound of gurgling water as it tumbles over the rocks on it's way down to the pond?
Some sculptures also included water, a nice addition to any garden. In fact, this garden contains several water features - so peaceful in our stressful world.
During the heat of summer, especially this one, we all appreciate a shady spot, so it stands to reason that there should be a...