Secret Gardens & Breathtaking Views

“With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments!”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭119:10‬ ‭

Today we continue our tour “beyond the gates” in our city nestled in the Appalachian foothills.  Eight homeowners were so gracious to open their private gardens and backyard spaces for this first annual event!  A few weeks ago, I spotlighted a view that made it hard to believe I was in my hometown, and a garden space that took me all the way to Europe!  Today, we will make four stops: from a beautiful view, to a peaceful koi pond, to a rustic retreat, to a wonderful entertaining space…you are in for a treat! Lace up your walking shoes, put on your sunglasses and join me!  You might even pass by the heavenly fragrance of gardenias along the way!

This outdoor space has a beautiful view of the city and the Appalachian foothills!

A gorgeous spot for alfresco dining!

The potting shed doubles as an entertainment spot!  Let’s take a peek inside…

…rustic wood ceiling, walls, and cabinets!  It is a favorite spot to watch Alabama football.  Roll Tide Roll!

Concrete countertops complement the rustic ambiance!


The large bar cart is the perfect entertaining piece!

The screened porch provides another outdoor space for gatherings!


Can you imagine how relaxing it would be to watch a sunset from here?

Our second stop on the tour…a rock wall and pathway leads us to a garden retreat and refuge for the homeowners!


A nice shaded area to enjoy the koi pond!

The tranquil waterfall adds that peaceful touch to the garden!


The smell of the gardenias in bloom was heavenly!

Our third garden and outdoor space on tour today made me feel that I had entered a rustic mountain retreat!

Two natural stone waterfalls cascade into the pool!

An outdoor kitchen keeps everything handy for entertaining!

The homeowners designed all of the outdoor spaces and built them with the assistance of their landscaping crew.

The space is designed to be a casual, rustic environment meant to be lived in, played in, and occasionally worked in.

A hot tub provides relaxation therapy!


More rustic water features!

Our final stop for today is an outdoor space that is an extension of the home…a wonderful area to entertain friends!

How fun is this…an antique bathtub that is used by the wife!  Not pictured is a hot tub!

A beautiful  kitchen completes the outdoor living and entertaining space.  Not pictured is a dining area.

Thanks so much for joining me on the second part of our garden tour.  Stay tuned for one more installment!

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  1. I love garden tours, Pam. That first one with the shed was a sweet spot, especially with the surrounding terrace and screened porch close by. I really liked the one with the rock walls leading to the koi pond area. I think you had me at gardenias, and those lacecap hydrangeas. 😉

  2. I know this tour was so much fun! Each home has wonderful features. Such lovely pools and grounds. The first one with the beautiful view, the koi pond, and the antique bathtub are standouts for me.

  3. Wow wow and wow! The first house was my favorite, those views! Where is that? What fun it would be to have a potting shed that was full of dishes and tableware, that would be such a dream! Your home and gardens are just as pretty as any of these Pam-

  4. Kim says:

    Wow, that potting shed is no shed! That’s a fabulous extra room…could even be turned into guest quarters. I love those yellow umbrellas! Thanks for sharing your tour. It IS surprising what is tucked away in the nooks and crannies right around us – and we don’t even know it’s there. What a wonderful tour! 🙂

  5. dolores says:

    Bueno, esta vez la invitación ha sido un gran placer. Jardines serenos, llenos de luz y color, cobertizos rústicos que me han encantado…Me encanta la decoración en general, pero lo rústico es mi preferencia.
    Gracias, amiga, entrar en tu espacio es una fiesta para mí.

    Well, this time the invitation was a great pleasure. serene gardens, full of light and color, rustic sheds have loved … I love the overall decor, rustic but my preference.
    Thank you, friend, enter your space is a feast for me.

    • Dolores, gracias por sus lindos comentarios! Me encanta ver hermosos jardines! usted y su familia que desea un fin de semana maravilloso! Enviando abrazos, Pam

      Dolores, thank you for your lovely comments! I love to see beautiful gardens! Wishing you and your family a wonderful weekend! Sending hugs, Pam

  6. Karen says:

    What a wonderful tour, thank you for sharing it with us. It is so nice to see how people in different parts of the country enjoy their garden spaces.

  7. Stacey says:

    Pam, these are so beautiful and far above average. I love to see gardens all the way from the humblest little plot to grand scale gardens like these. I’d love to see inside the house where the bathtub is. Wouldn’t you? 🙂

    Thank you so much for sharing this at the Garden Party with Friends today.

  8. Jann Olson says:

    Pam, going on garden tours is one of my favorite things to do! I attended one here the first weekend in June. You shared some beauties and I love getting ideas from them as well. Thanks for sharing with the garden party.

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