Secret Garden

Sometimes after putting all that hard work into the interiors of our homes we neglect to think about what the exterior looks like. I get it! It takes time to pick the right paint color for your living room or which cabinets fit best in your kitchen. Just thinking about pulling the weeds, mowing the lawn or planting a rose bush seems tiring after all the planning you’ve tackled inside your home. But hear me out. We should plan just as much design detail to our landscaping and garden as we do our living spaces. There will be days when you want some fresh air while at home and could you imagine not having to actually leave the house to get it. All you would have to do is walk a few feet from your living room or kitchen and “Voila.” 

Well let me help you at least get started on the planning. First decide what your outdoor space will be used for? Eating al fresco, entertaining or just family fun. Do you have enough space for casual seating, outdoor dining or both?  Things to consider when creating your secret garden is symmetry, repetition and contrast. Also planting many varieties of flowers, plants and trees (if your space allows) to create the ultimate outdoor green space. Keeping in mind what grows seasonally and plant accordingly. 

Creating a serene, cheerful and comfortable space begins with how much space you currently have to work with. You do not want to overload your space where it feels overcrowded and will be hard for you to maintain. However, you do want to incorporate a mix of non-plant materials such as stone, gravel and/or pebbles. This helps to create zones and divide the space in your garden. Even utilizing hedges, a row of tulips or trees can give you a lovely sense of division in your outdoor space. I hope these ideas get your outdoor project started. Take a look at some beautifully landscaped spaces for a starting point for your own creative design.

                                        

           

                               

                                  

                                            

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San Francisco Japanese Tea Garden

The Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco is an amazing place and is the oldest public Japanese garden in the US. It is in the heart of Golden State Park and allows for you to take in the beauty of nature. From the moment I walked towards the entrance door I feel in love. A place that marries the aspect of architectural design and nature.

My fiancé and I enjoyed walking through all the majestic paths. There was even a tucked away space that was so tranquil we both did not want to leave the bench we were sitting on. It was as if everything around us was standing still and as we looked above the tallest tree is where we could hear the wind swirling by.  All I can say is absolutely breath-taking.

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San Francisco Botanical Garden

This place is majestic and an absolute gem. I visited San Francisco this past weekend and though my stay could have been longer I made sure to visit this place. The San Francisco Botanical Garden is located within the Golden Gate Park, which is amazing in itself. The Botanical Garden is 55 acres of amazing plants and beautifully blooming flowers from all over the world. You will find huge Redwood trees, a beautiful succlent garden and much, much more. It is truly refreshing and a great place to take a stroll or just mediate. Here are some of the beauties I was able to capture. image image image image

New York Botanical Garden

Hello! I hope everyone enjoyed their Labor Day! I wanted to share with you my Labor Day excursion to the New York Botanical Gardens. First, just let me say what a beautifully enchanted place. As soon as you walk in you smell nothing but fresh, clean air and are welcomed by greenery where every your eye travels. This landmark has been around for over 120 years and supports over one million living plant collections on 250 acres of land.

The New York Botanical Garden is truly a gem and offers a great escape from the busy New York City streets. Coming here allows you to slow down and decompress taking in only beauty. This place is indeed a treat and on my top for recommendations for things to do in NYC. Here are just a few pictures of the beauties I spotted on my visit to this majestic place.

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