Saturday, August 24, 2013

Garden Paths

There are a number of different pathways that meander around and through the thirteen garden rooms in the Gardens at Waters East.  You are invited on a stroll today along a few of them.  Notice some of the sites, the “focal points” and views,  along the way.  Today will be less of an accent on the flowers and more of an accent on the paths as hard-scape.  A good principle of design is to have the garden paths encourage your eyes to look ahead with intrigue, to seek out what is around the corner, revealing only parts of the garden at any one time.  That way, your garden has “mystery” and it draws you out and beyond.  Your garden feels larger than it is.

This posting is limited to fourteen photos taken over the last couple of weeks.  Trust me, there are oh so many more but fourteen is more than enough!  In time other postings will capture more of the pathways and blooms from different seasons.
Enjoy the walk.

 Triptych Sculpture
focal point of three paths
Lake Michigan in the distance

 Lake Trail

 "Gazing Ball"
covered in pennies
along the Patio Entrance Path

 Stone Bench
in the Rock Garden
(one of four in the gardens)

Formal Path
down stone steps
to the Formal Garden

 Berry Path
with torso sculpture in view
After passing through the ivy arch you will find
three different kinds of Blueberry Bushes,
two different kinds of Currant Bushes,
and four different kinds of Raspberry Bushes.

 Stone Bench at Garden Entrance
(one of the four in the gardens)

 Path Through Thyme
along the outer edges of the gardens

found along the Path Through Thyme
(person listed was born in Germany in 1791
-- died in USA in 1864)

 Lake Trail
passing by the Rain Garden
(rain water is collected from the home's roof
 piped underground to this filtering area)

 Broken Pot
on the path into Zen Meditation Garden

 Middle Walk
passing through the center of the English Garden

 Middle Walk
another view

Lily Lane
with seating area

NOTE:   Since this Blog is meant to be an accurate journal of the gardens;
no photos are “staged”, “arranged”, or ”photo-shopped” in anyway.
What is posted – is what it here.  It is what it is.

One last look at Lake Michigan
before turning to leave the Gardens at Waters East

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Reference Note:  For a complete list of the ten (10) Principles of Design plus the special “Golden Principle of Design” used throughout Gardens at Waters East, check out the archive postings for November 14 – 24, 2010 and May 2, 2011.


  1. I very much enjoyed this beautiful walk in your garden which looks so wonderful and refreshing in the summer.

    The setting and your choice of pathways is just gorgeous.

  2. A great post! Your garden is brimming!
    I love the coin ball, I think we should try ... is very decorative and will always work with the snails.
    Greetings from Tarragona!

  3. You do have a way with the hardscapes and the paths! I need to work on adding more of those elements to my garden. I'm making progress, but I'm taking my time. The next big project I'd like to complete is a rock/rain garden to reduce erosion on a hill. Maybe in the fall or next spring...

  4. Pretty walk through your garden, enjoyed.

  5. This isn't a garden . . . this looks like paradise! This looks like a vacation retreat. This is my first visit and I'm not 100% certain that these photos above are of your garden. Are they? I fell in love with the very first one.