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:
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 !