“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!