I recently took a trip to Great Britain, where I visited the Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens, which is nestled in a hidden valley on the Isle of Anglesey, in Northern Wales. It was absolutely gorgeous and we spent a long, relaxing afternoon touring the grounds. The gardens are nestled in a canyon and hidden from public view. It’s only after you drive through some woods and around a few sheep dotted hills do you realize that such a beautiful garden exists.
We visited several other English and Welsh gardens on our trip, but this one completely inspired me. After I came home, I started thinking about designing my own hidden garden, on a much smaller scale, of course. I’m thinking of an area on the steep, wooded hillside, with a path that leads down to the creek. There would be a hidden garden gate to mark the entrance. In the center of the garden would be a treehouse with screened rooms, so that once we got down there, we could enjoy the surroundings without the mosquitos eating us alive. There would also be a giant soaking tub with a small waterfall to fill it. The garden would be filled with shade plants…giant ferns, hydrangeas, hostas, and paths meandering down to the rushing creek. A pretty foot bridge across the water would be nice too. Oh…It would be a wonderous place. I can see it now.
Ahh…but what is in my mind and what I can do physically, are probably two, vastly different things. Building the paths is going to take some serious muscle and the fact that it is all going down a steep hill, (some would call it a cliff,) only makes it all the more difficult. It would also have to be fenced in to keep the deer and pigs out. Large, earth moving equipment would be helpful, but I doubt that would be in the budget. Still, it’s fun to design it in my mind. Perhaps one day it will be created.