A couple of years ago, I wrote a post entitled 15 Stunning Urban Gardens that Inspire. Well, now I have another round-up for you, but this time showing some stunning secret gardens from across the globe. Over the past couple of weeks, I have visited 2 massive mansions with even bigger gardens here in England, and both of these had hidden gardens too. So—I felt inspired to write a post showcasing some impressive examples…
Chestnut Street Secret Garden
Image of Labyrinth Style Secret Garden
1 // Secret Garden with Table and Chairs
2 // Hidden Garden with Tables and Log Structure
3 // Hidden Garden shows Chequered Grass Squares
4 // Secret Garden Sanctuary that is Surrounded by Colorful Plants
5 // Secretive Garden Swimming Pool Nested within Large Buildings
6 // Gate that leads to a Tunnel of Trees and Secret Place?
7 // Flooded Stairway with Stone Arch Overhead in Secret Garden near Cliff
8 // Secret Rail Road Garden Tunnel reveals Tracks
9 // Chateau Gourden Hidden Garden in the south of France
Entrance to a Secret Garden in Portland, Oregon
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Create a Secret Garden
What is a secret garden? It’s a little spot tucked away in the back corner of the yard. It’s a place where you’ll be able to retreat, to sit in the quietude of the summer evenings undisturbed by the hustle and bustle of daily life. You don’t need a lot of room for a secret garden; you can still leave the lawn open and still have flower beds in front of the house. Mostly, you’ll need a place where you can tuck a chair, a few plants, and, if possible, a couple of hedges… [read more here].
Hide and seek: Alan Titchmarsh’s tips on creating a secret garden
Some parts of the garden are for the rest of the world to admire. Others are for you to disappear to when you don’t want to be found. Of course, that’s easy enough to arrange when you have lots of land with space for the kids to run round and a few bijou Hidcote or Sissinghurst-style “garden rooms” for the adults to enjoy. But when your garden is on the small side, you might think it’s a tall order. Well, you’re wrong. The mistake a lot of people make is to surround a small garden with high fences then plonk a lawn in the middle and borders round the edge. Far from making the most of the area, that just makes it look a lot smaller and more boring… [read more here].
Creating a Secret Garden
On a corner lot in the city, with an alley running along the back, it can be quite a challenge to create private outdoor space. Holly Fliniau knows, because that’s exactly the situation she faced when she moved into this Denver home, in 1993. She didn’t really have a plan when she started landscaping the property, but what evolved could be a textbook example of good garden design. She created a series of “rooms” that flow into one another and yet each have a distinct sense of place… [read more here].