Inniswood originally belonged to two sisters, Mary and Grace Innis. They donated their home and gardens to become a park upon their deaths. Called the Sisters’ Garden in their honor, there is a series of gardens/components within the Inniswood Metro Gardens park that is geared towards the young (or the young at heart). It consists of an entry garden, a country garden (with a cool miniature meadow of native wildflowers!), a wetland garden, a woodland garden, a story maze, the turtle mound, a circle maze, a trellis cave, and a secret garden. Admit it, you’re intrigued! 🙂
This is another part that has been installed since I’ve been visiting Inniswood, and this year it really seems to have come into its own. Things have filled in nicely and everything looks well-tended. Here are some highlights:
The entrance into the Sisters’ Garden, with its so-fake-they’re-charming sunflower sculptures, leads to another fun garden structure: Grandma’s Cottage. This charming garden folly is actually only one smallish room — the perfect spot to host a really dreamy little girl’s tea party.
A view of the Wetland Garden.
Ribbit! I loved watching the minnows, tadpoles, frogs, and turtles that all inhabit the Wetland Garden.
There are several good viewing spots in the Wetlands Garden so you can comfortably hang out and watch all of the critters that live in the water.
View from one of the decks near the tree house in the Woodland Garden, overlooking the Story Maze.
Couldn’t resist another pic of the tree house!
Swinging bridge by the tree house. There is a fun Peter Pan and the Lost Boys feel to the Woodland Garden.
My husband peering through the Trellis Tunnel.
I’m grinning like a fool here because the brick structure behind me is the Secret Garden. Constructed to look like the abandoned remains of a building wherein a garden has since sprung up, the Secret Garden is pretty wonderful.
“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.” This quote by Thoreau is one of several garden/nature themed quotes inset in the ruined foundations of the folly that contains the Secret Garden.
An out-of-the-way place to sit, tucked into a private corner of the Secret Garden right next to a streaming fountain. I was sitting there, enjoying listening to the water and the birds, when two older gentleman found their way back to this hidden spot. They were both smiling big happy grins and one of them exclaimed to me giddily, “This place just keeps going and going, doesn’t it?!?” I couldn’t have agreed more, with the thought or the glee it inspired!