Monday, August 22, 2016

Bedrock Gardens

We just discovered Bedrock Gardens  in Lee, New Hampshire.  What a treat to discover such a local treasure.  The Gardens are the labor of love of a husband and wife,  Jill Nooney and Bob Munger.  They bought the property in 1980 and  began transforming it into over two miles of walking trails, twenty separate garden areas, a pond and waterway.    There is even a Tea House (above) with just enough room for a bed for summer sleeping.

The Gardens are privately owned and  not open every day.  Check their website for dates and times before heading out .  There is no admission charge, but donations are encouraged.

A partial list of features listed on the website include:

Noteworthy Features Include:

  • 3/4-mile circulation path, connecting the garden rooms, with vistas along the way
  • Two 900-foot cross axes
Jill is the sculptor and created all the sculptures in the gardens.  Most are made of industrial salvage - wheels, gears, bars - all given new life as fun pieces.

I love this ballerina with her sanding brush tutu.

Love this bench covered in lichens.   It has that look  that Vivian Swift calls "decrepitude".   I''m a fan.

A fun flamingo installation in the grasses.

This is a slightly creepy section - old logs that look like beheaded people.  Love this one with the bent leg pose.

Man-made pond with lots of benches for enjoying the views.

This must be the family - love how the child has a red heart that says "Mom".

And how this one is Mom, with the fancy doo-dads, and of course, the boobies!

If you go, bring along a picnic lunch.  There are several funky table and chair arrangements that are perfect for relaxing and enjoying the scenery.  

The owners are ready to move on.  I can only imagine the work needed to create and maintain the huge spot.  They are transitioning ownership from a private garden to a non-profit organization to maintain the gardens as a public space.    

We've been to fancy gardens all over, including in  Paris and Scotland, and this one can hold its own with the best of 'em !

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