“Any garden demands as much of its maker as he has to give. But I do not need to tell you if you are a gardener, that no other undertaking will give as great a return for the amount of effort put into it.” – Elizabeth Lawrence
Gardens have always held a sort of magical quality, and during a recent garden tour, one of the gardens in particular really stood out. Located in the Eastover neighborhood of Charlotte, this home is one of the most expensive homes in the city going for well over 7 million. The home features a greenhouse, flower and vegetable garden, and a pool meant for lounging with a good book (and perhaps a delicious mocktail).
The home which was originally built by Edward Colville Griffith in 1926 has been home to several residents over the years including Edwina and Peter Willis-Fleming. Edwina designed the layout of the gardens and the orangery (which is now the greenhouse) that is attached to the former carriage house.
Once Charlotte and John Wickham moved into the home six years ago, the gardens continued to be a work in progress with the Wickham’s working alongside Meriwether Hill Fentress (a landscape designer) who helped to design and install the vegetable and flower gardens.
Visitors gain access to the property via this delightful little arched door with climbing roses hanging overhead. From the moment you walk under the doorway through to the other side you are suddenly filled with a sense of wonder.
A view of the greenhouse from the shade of an obliging tree.
The greenhouse of my dreams, where potted plants and the possibilities of creating beautiful floral bouquets abound.
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The perfect little potting shed.
Of course, I had to have a little look inside.
The pool (above) and an outdoor dining spot made for entertaining (below).