Weekly Photo Challenge: Admiration

The theme of this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is ADMIRATION.

One of the things I admire most about us…all of us…is creativity. We  see it in poets, composers, painters, sculptors, inventors, etc. I especially admire the creativity I find in exciting garden design.

Last weekend the Charlotte Garden Club sponsored its annual Art in the Garden Tour. The eight gardens were different in size, scope and content, but I was particularly struck by the creativity displayed in Jay Sifford’s garden. It was easy to see why he is considered such an imaginative garden designer. He has designed and constructed an inspiring garden around his home, perched on the edge of what is essentially a ravine. One can only admire his construction of paths and steps, the sculptures, the use of pots, the combinations of plants, and the way he has tamed the very challenging terrain that defines the space.

A series of waterfalls parallels the steps leading up to the house:


At the top of the water falls an antique doorway serves as a gate to a sitting area:


A red bench invites visitors to stop and enjoy the view:


A gathering of stones, colored with lichen and moss and adorned with ferns:


Brevity encourages me to limit this response to the weekly challenge to just a few photographs that demonstrate the creativity in Jay’s design that I admire so much.


About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in Stallings, NC with his wife, in close proximity to six of his eight grandchildren.
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30 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Admiration

  1. Susi Lovell says:

    Waterfalls are so hard to create! I love the door idea. What a fabulous garden. Thanks for sharing your photos.


  2. Helen Bushe says:

    Wonderful garden design.


  3. Lovely! Thanks for sharing this inspiring garden with all of us!


  4. Amy says:

    Thank you for the pleasant tour of the beautiful garden. Beautiful photos, John! 🙂


  5. Leya says:

    I can imagine why you admire him and the garden. Just wonderful. I love the door idea and the colours too. Would have loved to walk there myself.


  6. With your background, I hope to see more of your photo’s, this is stunning. Bless you ~ Jackie


  7. neihtn2012 says:

    Art in the Garden is an excellent idea. That gate reminds me of a one in the movie “Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, … and Spring”. People can go around it since there is no wall, but everyone dutifully opens the door to go through it.


  8. Amy Reese says:

    So pretty. How I would like to spend some time here.


  9. pbmgarden says:

    Beautiful garden John, I share your admiration.


  10. Pauline says:

    Lovely garden, would like to see more of it.


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  12. aj vosse says:

    That visit was really too brief! But… I enjoyed the great creativity! 😉


  13. Gracias por tanta belleza!!!!!


  14. Cathy says:

    A super garden, John, thanks for sharing. The red bench really sings amongst the green, doesn’t it?

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  15. cosistories says:

    I would love to take pictures there. Especially of that door. 🙂


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