A New Twist On The Secret Garden
The second garden we visited as part of the Garden Bloggers’ Fling was something of a secret garden. Like the garden in the novel by Frances Burnett, this garden is hidden away. Not on an English estate, but rather in an apartment building courtyard in a slightly dicey part of San Francisco. To get there, you have to traipse through corridors and down stairs.
Unlike the fictional garden, this secret garden is joyously quirky and beautifully maintained. It is the garden of James Pettigrew and Sean Stout, proprietors of the garden design firm Organic Mechanics.
This garden is defined in part by the eclectic assortment of found objects displayed throughout.
Vertical space is used to soften the feel of the surrounding apartment walls.
There are water features, of course.
Lots of green in this mostly shady garden, but splashes of color, too.
A gathering place for people, and a retreat for the individual.
A metal gate and wire fence divides the garden into rooms.
There are tranquil scenes that balance the quirkiness.
OK, enough tranquility. Bring on the quirky stuff.
Even a hole in the pavement is an opportunity to exercise some creativity.
Mexican Marigold (Tagetes lucida). I didn’t know there were Marigolds the size of shrubs. The leaves of this plant, which is also called Mexican Tarragon and is used as an herb, have a lemon fragrance.
James Pettigrew and Sean Stout, with feathered friend.
Do you have a favorite enclosed or secret garden?