This is an almost perfect garden, in setting, intent and execution. The design is simple but compelling. I particularly loved the various small red-roofed pavilions. Thuya Lodge next door is also very interesting - I spent a wet but delightful morning browsing the old gardening books, and looking out at the empty garden. Because of the elevation, it's also very quiet, and the surroundings are also beautiful. Superb stone paths, and just the right plant-urns. Only 2 minor criticisms. First, the best view of the reflecting pool is from the far end of the garden, but one must creep through the overgrown low branches of an evergreen tree and crouch underneath: there should be an accessible bench at this point. Second, one should not be able to see the watering hoses in the flower beds: the planting needs to be denser, and more carefully arranged by height etc.
It's difficult to believe that Savage created these 2 magnificent gardens (i.e. also the Asticou Azalea Garden) with no formal training and over little more than a year.
Also nearby, and interesting and with strong connections to Thuya and Asticou, but more difficult to visit, and less beautiful, is the Rockefeller garden.
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