Peggy Hill is a garden consultant, writer, speaker and plant ho. She blogs about her garden shenanigans at hiddenhillsgarden.com. Peggy is also working to preserve 435 acres and 25,000 feet of magnificent shoreline on Smith Lake in North Alabama as part of the Forever Wild Land Trust. For more information and to register your support, visit savesmithlake.com.
 

 

Chanticleer Garden - Ruin and Gravel Gardens
by Peggy Hill - posted 06/02/16

My wonderful husband took me to Chanticleer garden for my birthday. It was amazing! Over the top! The best birthday present ever!!! I have oodles of great pictures, and I'm going to post more about Chanticleer on my other blog. I'll come back here and add a link when it's done. For this post, I'm concentrating on the area of the garden they call the ruin and the gardens around the ruin. This next picture shows how I approached the ruin.

Chanticleer gardens, the ruins

 

I thought about straightening this next picture. I straightened all the others in this post. But I like the fact that most of my pictures at Chanticleer were crooked, and they all sloped up. I read somewhere that sloping upwards is a sign of optimism and joy, and I was happy, happy, happy while at Chanticleer.

Chanticleer gardens, the ruins

 

A few pictures of the inside of the ruins: 

Chanticleer gardens, the ruins

Chanticleer gardens, the ruins

Chanticleer gardens, the ruins

Chanticleer gardens, the ruins

Chanticleer gardens, the ruins

Chanticleer gardens, the ruins

 

If you call the way that I entered the ruins the side door, then this is the view into the ruins from just outside the front door.

Chanticleer gardens, the ruins

 

Exit the front door and look to the right, and you'll see this garden.

Chanticleer gardens, the ruins

 

Coolness is in the details, like a stone remote control on the stone sofa.

Chanticleer gardens, the ruins

 

If you exit the front door and look to the left, this is what you see.

Chanticleer gardens, the ruins

 

And if you walk out into that garden and then turn to look back at the ruin, this is the view.

Chanticleer gardens, the ruins

As amazing as the ruins are, they aren't my favorite part of Chanticleer. I'll come back here and put a link when I post the best pictures.

 

 

 

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