Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Asheville Garden Bloggers Fling, Final Day, White Gate Inn

If I ever get back to Asheville, and I hope I do, I would like to stay at the White Gate Inn. The buildings are set into lush gardens that wind around the property creating lots of sitting areas and are full of interesting plants. The Inn is located in a beautiful neighborhood that invites strolling and further garden peeping. Plus, the Inn is supposedly haunted. Cool!

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Nice details on that white gate:

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And even before I read that the White Gate Inn was haunted, I totally felt the presence of something spooky in the greenhouse. Don't you see ghosts too? 

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I'd personally stay out of the greenhouse at night...

Monday, June 30, 2014

Asheville Garden Bloggers Fling, Day 2

Day 2 of the Asheville Fling started off at the lovely hillside garden of Peter and Jasmin Gentling. I began my wandering at the top of the hill looking down onto the main house. 

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The light through the trees beckoned me further up the hill into a bamboo grove. 

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Back down by the house the lawn provided some nice seating areas. 

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The planting beds were full of lovely combinations and textures. 

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A lovely bench built into the wall:

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And this guest house/propagation area was pretty interesting. 

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Next we headed to an even bigger house - The Biltmore Estate. 

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The vastness of the view from the house was surprising. It seemed to stretch on forever. 

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The details were amazing, right down to the lizards. 

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The gardens were expansive and immaculate. 

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I'm curious what this plant is - with succulent red stems, bluish leaves and living in the greenhouse. Looks like it might freeze in Northern California, but maybe not...

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Back up near the house the wisteria walk must be lovely in bloom. 

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