Friday, May 18, 2012

Wamboldtopia: whimsy in an Asheville garden

The first stop on the first day for the 5th Annual Garden Bloggers Fling, held in Asheville this year, was the whimsical garden, Wamboldtopia. (The garden is on Wambold Street, hence the name.)
Carved into the side of a mountain, surrounded by tall trees and a carpet of moss and earthy wet leaves, this stone mason's dream is filled with delicate, funny and sometimes macabre creations. Natural stone steps and winding paths take you from room to room.
Eclectic treasures, tucked away into nooks and crannies, make wonderful conversation pieces as you meander about the garden.
With fellow bloggers clicking away around her, Pam of Digging, focuses on a garden subject.
This magical dog house would be a wonderful hideaway for any canine.
Special little touches adorn walls all around the property, like this miniature staircase, gargoyle and tiny fairy door.
Collections of woodland plants intermingle with art and stone throughout the garden.
This was my second favorite piece, after the dog house, of course!  I love the way the stones radiate out from the center, seeming to evoke beams of light around the angel.
The back chain link fence is covered in many areas by concrete, made into art.
A beautiful recirculating pond and stream look natural nestled among the rocks and moss.
A wall in progress gives a glimpse into how intricate the stone work can be.
The plants at the clearing on the top of the property are lush and green, thanks to recent rains.
Wamboldtopia was a delightful adventure and a magical start to our Asheville Fling.


danger garden said...

Wow...were you blogging this fast last year too? Thank you for a peak into day one, wish I were there...

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Diana said...

Danger garden - I did post every night at Seattle, but I conked out on Saturday this year. We left at the end of the day Sun. and had to pack Saturday night after our long day and night. I'm hoping to post today!

Suzie/Viva Verde said...

What a strange and wonderful place! It's SO different than what we are used to around Central Texas. It looks almost mystical!

Julie said...

Diana, you captured so many images that I missed--how did I not take a photo of the miniature staircase? I love it! Fabulous post--you captured the feel of the garden so well. So glad to have met you at the Fling!

Diana said...

Julie - That's what I love about all of us blogging about the same thing! The stairs were on the back of the building on the hill by the pond -- down by the ground between that building and the house.

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

These are so fun to see through others' eyes. I missed the mini stairway as well. Super!
Glad we had a chance for dinner together, nice to really get to know you.

Skeeter said...

This was one enchanting garden that I really did enjoy! Such a nice stroll with seeing tons of fun things and yet so many things unseen.... Not enough time to explore this one properly...

Diana said...

Suzie - It was so cool and filled with texture - from the soft plants and lush green to the cobbled stone and stream and other little ephemera - it was like a fantasy land!

Janet -- It was a great trip. Dinner was delightful - hope you will be in SF next year!

Skeeter -- I know what you mean. I'm sure I missed a lot of things. I hope to "find" them as I get to other's blog posts after I get mine all done!

Damaris said...

Diana, thank you so much for your keen eye and this wonderful post! What an amazing time we had with everyone visiting here, hearing stories about where y'all travelled from and getting to exchange garden secrets!