Designing and Building a Secret Garden in Santa Barbara
Origin of the “Secret Garden”
Secret gardens are often found in the design of 18th century English or continental gardens. They have proved inspirational spots for artists, poets and novelists alike. In 1911, Francis Hodgson Burnett published a book eponymously titled “The Secret Garden”, the a story about an orphaned girl named Mary Lennox who ventures into the fairy world of nature in order to heal both her own and her family’s emotional turmoil. In this classic story the secret garden becomes the symbol for imaginative healing.
Secret Garden Ideas
In your yard, any space can become your secret garden, A quiet outdoor place to be alone or a special place to entertain. You can use existing landscaping like hedges or existing structures of surrounding buildings and fences.
If possible, select a site for your secret garden against a fence or wall, then adds tall shrubs, trees, and fast-growing vines such as hops. An enclosed space will encourage the volatilizing oils of fragrant plants to linger in the air. A secret garden landscape design also has a sense of intimacy that’s difficult to accomplish in a more open garden.
We have designed many different types of Secret Gardens, some of which are used as meditations gardens for your spiritual practices.
Creating healthy and beautiful Santa Barbara landscapes is our top priority. We promise you that we’ll create a gorgeous outdoor living space where you’ll be proud to entertain friends or just relax with family.
And you can have the peace of mind knowing that we’re bonded, licensed and insured to protect the safety of our staff and clients.
Down to Earth Landscapes Inc. is located in Santa Barbara, Ca 93101 and for over 40 years has earned a fine reputation for installing and maintaining special backyard hideways such as secret gardens. We pride ourselves on creating unique outdoor living environments. Our clients are in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties and the communities of Montecito, Santa Ynez, Ojai and Oxnard.