Hidden Gardens: Jill Crawford

It is the end of July, and out here in the high desert, it’s working up to major humidity. So… it feels like a great time to focus on a hidden garden.

doors to nowhere

Doors do not need to go to other places. This one heads to a spot in the imagination, and does it quite well! Dahlias in foreground.

Today’s hidden garden belongs to Jill Crawford, “someplace in California” (I didn’t ask the city – we don’t need to know).

We were chatting on IM this afternoon and she asked what I was up to – I told her about Garden Lass. I could almost hear the squeal of delight in response. Her garden is “going gangbusters!”  Of course I immediately begged for pictures, and here they are.

Jill Crawford’s Hidden Garden

First is a door they found when taking down a shed. They propped it up against a plain wall, et voila! Add a little bit of repurposed wood, a handful of brilliantly-hued dahlias, and you’ve got a major case of:

sorta shabby chic old world Tuscany hint of Florence while passing by Barcelona on a cloudy day.

To which she said, “May I quote you?” – of course, Jill!

lovely pears for dahlia

What a pear harvest this will be!

Second is a lovely overhead of the pear harvest. I personally think pears are some of the most graceful fruits in existence and deserve to be painted at every opportunity. If I were a painter…

Finally, the piece de resistance (which I just know I’m mangling spelling-wise):  The Garden itself.


the sort of hidden treasure garden I adore

This is exactly the sort of hidden treasure garden I adore. Welcoming and playful, casual and unpretentious, arms open. If I had the skill and the rainfall, I would grow this garden. Luckily I know someone who has.

Here she’s growing corn! Peas, beans, squash, tomatoes, peppers. Just look at that gorgeous space of intentionally relaxing green!

I hope this photo comes out in the same crisp beautiful wildness as her iPhone shot did. It’s a lovely montage of comfort and real producing garden, with not a stuffy bone in its body.

Your Turn – Got a Hidden Garden?

Do you have a hidden garden – and want to show it off just a bit? Just let me know, here or on Facebook. Let’s chat!