Secret Garden Tour Milford Pa 2009

 After weeks of rain, the weather held and it was a glorious day for the 17th annual Secret Garden Tour organized by the Milford Garden Club.

Best stop on the tour, hands down.

Best stop on the tour, hands down.

 A couple of this years gardens were over the top in displays, space, design, and staging.  I’d guess sculpture must have been the secret theme for this year, as every garden had at least one sculpture, and one had, um, er, what can only politely be called, an over abundance.

For me the actual plants fell flat.  Lots of standards; impatients, straggly petunias, pink coneflowers and a butterfly bush thrown in here and there, with no surprises, making for very predictable gardens.  With all the rain, I was expecting more of a lush Eden.  Never the less, I managed to find something endearing about each garden, and two plants I have never seen before so.  Maybe I’m a bit spoiled after the drop dead plantings of the last couple of years. 

My favorite garden on the tour this year.

 This was my favorite stop.  A very new garden according to the owners, and very, very nicely done indeed.  I was struck by the minimal amount of color, amazing combinations of texture, pattern and repetition in the shrubbery.  This is one of those gardens you want to see again in a couple of years.  One of those places you walk into and get an immediate sense of peace and relaxation, it was a large garden, yet felt intimate.  It had the biggest pond I’ve every seen on the garden tour, just massive, with two, count ’em, TWO waterfall/streams.  This was in the meditation area, and it was so peaceful, it looked for awhile as though several of us were moving in for the day.

 

 

 

 

 Outstanding texture, everywhere you looked.  Hard to believe this is such a young garden.  And these shrubs, in pics above and below were, outside the fence.  Whatever they are doing to keep the deer away, it is working!  Love the very tidy border of stones too.

 

This is one side of the two falling water streams.  That pond is big enough to be a swimming pond. 

Now on to the statues and such.  The garden below was huge, park like, and had spectacular views.  Another Asian influenced garden, tho’ not as peaceful as the first, spacious comes to mind.  That, and I wonder how many gardeners they have on hand, and could I be one of them?  Please?  Pretty please?

Same as above, different view.  Is it just me or does the white arbor in the background kill this for you?

Same as above, different view. Is it just me or does the white arbor in the background kill this for you?

Mean Mr. Moon was hanging from this tree.  There was an outstanding view of the Delaware from this garden.

Mean Mr. Moon was hanging from this tree. There was an outstanding view of the Delaware from this garden.

Mean Mr. Moon, hanging from 100 year old lilac tree.
Mean Mr. Moon, hanging from 100 year old lilac tree.
An Indonesian inspired gate.  Its difficult to convey the scale in this garden.  The gate is huge, the birdbath is enormous.

An Indonesian inspired gate. It's difficult to convey the scale in this garden. The gate is huge, the birdbath is enormous.

 

Nice repetition with the urns by the boardwalk.
Nice repetition with the urns by the boardwalk.

And below a kitty cat from the Moon Valley Garden.  Wild choice of succulents, I like to see it when it is blooming.

As someone said, Cat with Mange?

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 Remember the 70’s?  Love Boat, Love Canal, Love American Style?  The next stop, which was our final stop on the Secret Garden Tour reminded me of all three of those.  I kept expecting Hugh Hefner to pop out of one of the love shacks with this month’s bunny on his arm.  Despite the fabulous and probably expensive sound system, my brain was playing and endless tape of the B-52’s Love Shack.  I could only look at Minnesota Man and grin.  With all that nakedness, it was hard to even think about the “hundreds of evergreens, and shrubbery” mentioned in the brochure.   What a hoot.  I’d love to be in on the rehash of this year’s Secret Garden Tour executive meeting!  This is one of those gardens you’ll either love, or hate.   (you may want to preview this if you have small children, or teenage boys, or are uncomfortable with female nudity.  These statues are not  Greco-Roman knock offs, more like flavor of the month turned to stone.)

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2 comments so far

  1. Donna O on

    Some of these are so inviting! I really appreciated the one with the “woman” laying among the greens. Thanks for sharing! I wish i had the “knack” for gardening! We have a nice sized yard, but I am all brown thumbs :0(.

  2. Kris on

    Isn’t this a bit late this year, or have I forgotten? The gardens are nice but I agree, not as spectacular as some of your pix from last year. I think the perfect garden tour is one that inspires you. Guess the tacky garden statues just didn’t do that for you? The slideshow (very impressive tech knowledge) from the last one was a hoot!


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