Merlin’s Hollow, Art In The English Garden

Merlin’s Hollow, Art In The English Garden

Jun 17, 2011
Now let me give you a photo tour of some of the artistic items you may want to notice beside the flowers if you on your way to visit this beautiful English flower garden. In the first post (Merlin’s Hollow, Beautiful Accents Of The Garden) I presented photo gallery of some of the flowers that are blooming now in June. I called them accents of the garden.

The Merlin’s Hollow has series of gardens within a garden separated by arches that invite you from one garden to another. Being overwhelmed with all the flowers and photos I wanted to take, I noticed that on the end. What a shame on my part. Yes I tend to do that a lot – but there was so much to see. However, beside the flowers and surrounded by all the greenery, I was astonished with the art presented within each garden category.

Snakes in the Winter Garden, Merlin's Hollow

When we arrived Dierdre explained little details about the snakes in the Winter Garden. I thought I should not reveal everything here and let you explore on your next visit, and if you have children with you let them talk about it.

The Shovel Flower in the Perennial Flower Garden, Merlin's Hollow

I looked at the design of the biggest flower in the Perennial Flower Garden, and believe or not, it looked so real that I noticed that it was made from shovels afterwards. The artist had a brilliant idea. Its amazing that we can make art from almost anything, especially metal art, and this is an excellent example. May be on my next visit I will ask more about it.

I am sure you will not want to rest at your arrival, but this delicate looking green bench under the tree is really inviting. An observation bench for the Perennial Garden that might as well be.

The Bench, Merlin's Hollow

The Gazebo in the Fragrant Garden, not much too it. No no, I am not telling you everything here again. Yes, there is a lot there, just go inside and check out for yourself. I think I spent there good five minutes there, and in addition I took more pictures to read at home. Notice the surrounding trees – surreal setting.

The Gazebo, Merlin's Hollow

And once you inside the Gazebo don’t be afraid these are not real frogs, but I am sure somewhere in the world this may be the true size. But that is not all, just look around you will notice more art in the Fragrant Garden.

The Frog, Merlin's Hollow

Aha and there was music. An older lady stood there and watched a man playing an instrument. Her body was moving to the rhythm to the music being played. She was very thankful when he ended. ‘What a nice instrument that is‘ – she said. ‘Yes, and you can easy carry in a small bag‘ – he replied. I just wished that I asked him what kind of instrument that was. Do you know?

A Performer, Merlin's Hollow

But that is not all. But that is not all. Surprisingly, I found the Merlin’s Hollow one two sided page guide a very simple yet artistic. I could not believe that the description and labeling was written by hand and the map was done by hand and to scale. What a nice handwriting that is too. Something that eventually will be rare. My husband thought that all that writing was typed. I let you look at it for yourself. Just pick one letter and compare to the same letter, and you will see.

Let me leave you with the photo of these beautiful and healthy blooming peonies. The nicest dark pink color of the peonies I ever seen.

Peonies, Merlin's Hollow

About the Author

Anna Lozyk Romeo

I am living in Aurora and this is my photo journal blog. A picture says 1000 words - but not always, so I write. You don't have to travel 1000 miles to find a treasure - all I have to do is zoom through my lens and I will find it for you here in Aurora.


  1. I think the instrument is an accordian. :)

  2. Butterfly, I think it comes from the accordion family. This one did not have the white and black keys. I thought the same because I used to own one, but not like this one.
    Thanks for your help. Anna :)