It has no name, but it has an ambitious work-a-holic and artistic owner, Judie Braun. Well, she owns it in the sense of working it, living in it and showing it off, but technically on paper she doesn’t own the land. But, don’t worry, the current owners have no plans to develop it…
About 18 years ago, Judie’s husband Robert convinced her moving to a condo with less maintenance was the way to go. After they moved, dragging many plants with them, Judie was not so sure…in fact she cried about losing her garden. Robert finally got tired of listening to her cry and agreed to help her clear an area behind the condo so she could plant a small garden.
The garden is now about two acres with twenty different gardens divided by theme, plants, ornaments and statues. It continues to change because Ash trees continue to fall (from the Emerald Ash Borer). This is changing the garden from dense shade to areas of almost fun sun.
But it isn’t getting any larger, says Judie. Plants, birdhouses, pots and ornaments may change, but she says it is done.
That doesn’t mean she is done buying plants…or ornaments. She added a large serpent and tiny tree door to her fairy garden this year.
Most of the beds are edged with rocks, mainly because she said, “Everywhere we dug a hole there was a rock.” Always practical.
My favorite area is by the statue from Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. It is in a sunlit clearing that looks as if it is lit by some other-worldly light…maybe it is the fairies. The bright moss-covered flagstones and plants framing the cove add to the spiritual feeling of this place.
The weather is good today…go find a hidden garden for yourself and take the time to sit and contemplate your navel…or whatever…