Monday, November 5, 2012

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

Several weeks ago my parents and sister came to visit. I took them to Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. We had a great tour of the house but sadly pictures aren't allowed. This is the view from the back door of the house, far in the distance you can see mountains, it was breath taking.

I saw a lovely chain that is great inspiration.

This light was just beautiful, all the metalwork.

A gorgeous red maple.

There was this great stone pattern on one of the walkways.

The photo above and below is of my sister taking photos. It's easy to catch her doing that. 

The photo above is of the Japanese Garden, it had a great waterfall and all these connected water ways. 

Amazing stone stairs. I'd love these in my yard.

The doorway into the English Garden. It felt like going into the Secret Garden.

Here is an example (above) of pleaching, which is a method used to manipulate the way a tree grows. In this case they wanted the tree to grow flat against the wall to save space in the garden. When I was younger I tried to pleach two trees together to make a ladder I could climb. It didn't work out but it's a cool idea.

Above is a cool bath under another path in the Great Meadow.

Here are my parents!

A view of Stan Hywet Hall from the front. The house has over 60 rooms and at one time had a bowling alley in the basement.

Flowers from the gardens in the greenhouse.

We all loved the glass balls and how they were hung in the Citrus greenhouse. 

I'd love to do this somewhere in my house where the light would shine through the glass!

I really like this garden on a wall.

The plant above made me think of Dr. Seuss. The name of the plant was 'Pink Powder Puff'. 

Here is me, my sister and my Mom. We had a lot of fun touring the house and gardens, I wish we could take pictures inside the house. The wood work, the metal work, the plaster ceilings were all decorated very ornately! It was inspirational!


Kelly Heck said...

The photos you took are great Valerie! Sorry I didn't see them till now... great inspirational references!

Valerie A. Heck Esmont said...

Thanks for the compliment Kelly! I've been working on my photography, I'm no where near your skill level but I'm doing pretty good.