Sunday, July 15, 2012

The Elizabethan Gardens

This past week was spent at the beach on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I visit the Elizabethan Gardens on Roanoke Island during every visit. Lets take a walk in this intimate garden. The Gate House entrance is designed as a 16th century orangery.
This is a formal garden that wraps around the gatehouse entrance filled with annuals.
One of the many benches. Each bench seemed to be sighted to take advantage of the surroundings.
 Some of the structures in the walled rose garden.
The statue of Queen Elizabeth I. It is impressive.
As I took the path to the left of the statute I looked over my shoulder to see this deer woven of vines and branches in the woods.
Next on the path is the Lion Couchant Bird Bath. The detail in executing everything in this garden really sets it apart. The view behind is of the Great Lawn.
This bench sits beneath a Live Oak that was growing when the colonists landed on Roanoke Island in 1585.
One of several water features in the woodland garden.
Next on the path is the Well Head mount. It is on the west axis from the sunken garden just ahead.
 As the path leads to the Roanoke Sound this thatched gazebo comes into view.
 This is a view of the Sunken Garden from the water side looking south.
 And this is a view looking North from the Great Lawn
 The path brings you back to the gate house and this fountain.
 And lastly a picture of the ocean from the deck.  A week goes by way to fast.

1 comment:

  1. I really need to visit this garden. It is so close and combining with a trip to the Outer Banks would be great.