Visualizing an English Garden

Visualizing: An old aged bench at the end of a secluded broken brick or stone walkway with lots of shade (even overcast) and delicate flowers all around, like the English gardens. Lots of hydrangeas, roses and green foliage such as hosta.

Another would be a formal garden -- a parterre with a gorgeous stone statue in the middle, lots of ancient Greek urns. I have specific visions, mainly because I read so many home and garden magazines and look up so many things online. But that doesn't mean I have the expertise to make any of this happen.

How will I make my dream garden a reality? We have about four acres of wooded land; I imagine cleaning out the brush and creating stone pathways. There is a little stream behind our house down a hill; a little bridge across it would be lovely. That would be a huge undertaking -- I am just learning to plant very basic things in my yard.

  1. So five elements to incorporate in my dream garden:
  2. Old architectural elements: urns, stones, statues
  3. Hydrangeas and roses (preferably white)
  4. Walkways and paths
  5. Seclusion and shade
  6. Seating -- for sitting and reflecting

I have an awful lot to learn. I think I have a good grasp on the design of the garden but not the horticultural knowledge to bring the plants I want to fruition. For example, I am intimidated by roses.

I just inherited all of the genealogy and ancestry writings and information gathered by my late aunt, who passed away two weeks ago. Much of it is letters to our English kinfolk -- my parents are actually cousins (not too close) and our heritage all goes back to England. I have known that for some time; my aunt used to give me shortened articles for my hope chest when I was a teenager. So it is fitting that I am in love with English gardens.

My four best girlfriends and I are planning a trip to England and perhaps Ireland in May 2005, when the first of us turns 40 (and our kids are a little bigger). I am the "researcher" for this trip, and I can't wait to go see some of the beautiful castles and gardens there.

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