Saturday, October 19, 2013

a gardener's heaven

I saw a little piece of heaven today.  Thank you to my garden pal Sue for telling me about this event.  The gentleman that owns this garden came here from Italy with his brothers and they opened the Como Inn in Chicago.  When they sold that property he settled here with his partner.  His estate is now for sale as he is moving back to Italy.  Most of the items for sale are garden related.  Gorgeous Italian pots and tiles.  Art pieces and even plants. The garden is breath taking.  His use of grasses is stunning as are the large urns and pots that are nestled into the beds.

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42 comments:

  1. What a beautiful garden Nicole, and beautifully photographed by you! The picture of the fish in the pond is amazing. xx

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  2. So much inspiration to be found there. I just love the first photos with the brick path.

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  3. As I scrolled through the pictures admiring the landscapes my eyes popped as the fish came into view. What a great shot. Love your post. Thanks for always calling in to see me. Jo x

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  4. Wow, this garden is huge - and it is beautiful and your photos are amazing! I love koi ponds. I can imagine how much joy you had seeing it today. I could spend every weekend visiting gardens like this one - I'd be a very happy lady! Did you find anything at the sale that you couldn't live without? I hope the rest of your weekend is wonderful!!

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  5. What a beautiful garden I love all the different tall grasses, I would love that place.
    Merle........

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  6. I need that gardener to come to my house and help me. Just lovely.

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  7. What a delicious garden! All so grown in and magnificent. How difficult it must be to leave such a piece of paradise ... I hope his home in Italy is just as lush. I'm going to show my son the koi pond ... we have shebunkins in his pond, but he's dying for some koi. This guy has such a large number! Were the koi for sale? I hope you brought home one of the urns with all their weathered beauty. So nice. Thanks for sharing this garden in photos with us Nicole. Wendy x

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  8. What gorgeous photos. Looks like a lovely visit. I can't imagine selling off all my favorite garden things, but then I suppose there are tons more in Italy. What did you buy?
    Cindy

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  9. itlalians how a wonderful history of gardening and esthetics as well..hwat a great opportunity...and lovley images

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  10. What a lush and lovely garden! How sad that he is leaving this beautiful place - it must be very difficult. I love those beautiful pots and urns <3 Lots of beautiful inspiration in this post, Nicole -thank you for sharing. Hugs xoxo

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  11. wow! What a great use of grass, as you mentioned, I'm going to have reconsider my use of them in the future. Absolutely gorgeous!

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  12. You have make beautiful photos!
    Greetings, RW & SK

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  13. Oh.. oh.. oh.. I don't know where to begin.. breathtaking, beautiful, certainly at least a tiny glimpse of heaven. I feel almost like crying, not just at the lushness of the flowers and sprawling greenery, but also the vast unblocked expanse of sky. In a tiny, overcrowded city like ours, where our natural forests have been decimated to make way for greedy developers, we have to rely on pictures like yours to remember the beauty of God's natural world.

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  14. What a lovely garden, he must be sad to leave it. Did you buy anything ?

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  15. Stunning! I could stay there all day!

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  16. What a beautiful garden!!! Thanks for sharing you gorgeous photos!

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  17. what a lovely and peaceful garden place. I would think that would be hard to leave-but they will probably start over once back in Italy.
    were you able to come away with anything? It seems most of the large pots would be nice to leave in the garden for the next person

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  18. What a garden. Simplicity in things like urns on top of low walls, or boxwood balls atop the walls -- I love the serene feel of this garden as much as its beautiful look

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  19. This is a beautiful place. Some of the photos you took are breathtaking. I am a newly retired teacher and have been expanding my blog list so I am happy to have found yours. Thanks for the visit! P.S... I just became a follower!

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  20. Thanks for taking me to this beautiful estate and giving me ideas for my daughter's garden.

    Everything is lovely, and then that last photo - wow!

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  21. So beautiful! Nicole, I nominated you for a Leibster Award on my blog today! Please check it out! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Sunday!

    Leah @ graceleecottage.blogspot.com

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  22. Wow, those grasses! I hope the estate goes to someone who will maintain this gorgeous garden.

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  23. What a beautiful garden! Some stunning plant combinations there. And the use of the urns is beautiful, too. This garden must have been a delight to see in person. I can't imagine selling it!

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  24. I too love grasses ;) they're so calming to me. Have a great week, friend!

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  25. Those are wonderful pictures. I think sometimes we forget how pretty grasses are.

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  26. What a beautiful garden. I love pottery and crockery and there are really wonderful pieces there. It really has a European touch. How large was the garden? It looks huge. Did you make any purchases?

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  27. Beautiful! I love the koi pond!

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  28. Wow, how gorgeous! I hope the new owners appreciate it and don't rip out all this stunning greenery. Looks like it was a true labor of love for the owner.

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  29. Wow! Thanks for sharing these amazingly beautiful pictures! I would love to have a gorgeous garden like this with an European touch...the meandering stone path, the conservatory transom window and the fish pond, every corner in the garden so beautifully accented! I covet those urns scattered throughout the garden:) Thanks for the beautiful pictures! Hugs, Poppy

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  30. WOW! What a great garden! I really hope gardeners or at least garden appreciators purchase the home.

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  31. It makes me think of life in a story, everything is beautiful and just perfect! Thanks for sharing!

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  32. Just stunning! I would love a garden like this but can imagine the upkeep would be very expensive and time consuming. But then if I had a garden like this, I would probably be able to afford a gardener, eh?!

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  33. What a beautiful garden and with koi fish too, Id love a big enough garden to have a pond and fish. So peaceful and a great place to sit and relax by the water :) Thanks for sharing

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  34. Wow this is such a magical looking garden :D
    http://saltskinned.blogspot.com.au

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  35. What a gorgeous garden! It must have been wonderful to see in person. Your photos captured it so well.
    Thanks for sharing the tour!! Thanks also for stopping by with your lovely comment.
    Hugs, Jody

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  36. Beautiful garden with bright flowers. Fishes are so colorful...

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  37. Wow what an amazing garden! Lucky fish!
    Thanks for the lovely photos and inspiration.
    Lawrie

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  38. What a beautiful garden! Let's hope the new owners look after the fish, or is he selling them too? Have a wonderful week. xx

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  39. It is breath taking and beautiful. So many wonderful elements.
    Thanks so much for sharing Nicole!
    Nancy

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  40. OMGosh! Those pots and urns are gorgeous. I once on a whim priced them.... and almost choked when I saw the prices... how fabulous to be able to have so many filled with beautiful flowers! Thanks bunches for sharing this post with us... I'm going back to have another drool through... lol!
    Hugs

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