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My Carriage House Gardens: The Zen Garden

As promised, or threatened depending on how you look at it, I’m going to write a series of posts about the beautiful gardens and grounds surrounding our new timber frame carriage house.

My Carriage barn as it looks today.

My Carriage house as it looks today.

Please allow me to give you a little background history about our home site. The property belonged to my husband when we met so as it came time to build our new home, we were very fortunate to already have the land. However, and for me this was a big however, the site was a totally wooded and marsh-ridden 5 acre lot. Its one saving grace was a beautiful stream that meandered through the property.

My husband's self-built waterfall.

My husband’s self-built waterfall.

The pictures you see here can not do the site justice, either in the beginning when I believed my husband to be out of his mind for wanting to build here (as I crawled through the underbrush in my knee-high boots, up to my ankles in swamp muck) or the astounding look of the site as it exists today. It’s more spectacular than these photos can show.

NOTE: the three marshes remain totally in tact; one has even been incorporated into our gardens. As I write this, it has just rained and the birds, frogs and squirrels are having a field day!

The site where our bridge and Zen Garden now sit.

The site where our bridge and Zen garden now sit.

I hope you enjoy the pictures of our gardens as much as we love living among them. Today’s post focuses on our largest garden, the Zen garden designed and implemented by Terri Wilcox Garden Design in Wilmot, NH.

Our Zen Garden entrance.

Our Zen garden entrance.

A long view of a section of the Zen Garden.

A long view of a section of the Zen garden.

Another long view with our post & beam tea house in the background.

A view from the northwest end of the garden including the Zen pond.

A view from the northwest end of the garden including the Zen pond.

A guard at the entrance of the tea house.

A guard at the entrance of the tea house.

Looking toward the Zen pond and tea house.

Looking toward the Zen pond and tea house.

A Japanese Red Maple by our stream.

A Japanese Red Maple by our stream.

"Mountains" in the Zen pond.

“Mountains” in the Zen pond.

Our tea house has sliding glass doors, as well as screen doors, on all four sides of the structure.

Our tea house has sliding glass doors, as well as screen doors, on all four sides of the structure.

The garden includes naturally ocurring ferns everywhere.

The garden includes naturally occurring ferns everywhere.

A terra cotta garden column and finial.

A terra cotta garden column and finial.

An interior shot of our tea house.

An interior shot of our tea house.

Looking southeast toward the statue of Buddha.

Looking southeast toward the statue of Buddha.

NaMa Stay

Namaste

This Post Has 4 Comments
    1. Thank you, Lyn. We’ve worked for four years now and the garden is truly a labor of love and a place we love to be!
      BeamBabe

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