Above: Signage as you walk in the door at the West End Bakery.
The Garden Bloggers Fling 2012 was held in dear to my heart Asheville, thanks to my friend Christopher of Outside Clyde’s tireless efforts to make it happen. He wanted the bloggers to see West Asheville, especially a place he had discovered on the West Asheville Garden Stroll soon after he had moved to North Carolina from Hawaii. That place was called Wamboldtopia, named for Wamboldt Avenue on which it is located. When he first showed the photos from his visit there, I couldn’t believe such a place existed. It was full of fanciful stonework and incredible artistry. It was too wonderful to be real.
Above: The Grumpy Gardener aka Steve Bender has spotted the skeleton on the anchor who has two left feet. (Or is it two right?)
But exist it does, and what a treat for the bloggers to experience it. I do hope they were smitten by this masterpiece, still a work in progress, an example of what can be done by talented, hard working folks Damaris and Ricki Pierce on a small hillside with a modest home. It has been turned into a dreamscape of skulls, fairies and fantasy.
There is a beautifully planted and tended garden there. Owner Damaris Pierce,left, is seen here with Janet, the Queen of Seaford.
Damaris is an inspiration to me. Her work with concrete and clay, how she incorporates whimsy into her work, how she uses what is at hand, all speak directly to my soul. I loved meeting her last October when Christopher and I visited to see if she would be willing to let nearly ninety garden bloggers climb around her garden. She mesmerized me with her charm, and cookies! We instantly connected and I consider her a friend. The storybook tower was awaiting a topper when we were there in the fall.
Other posts from Asheville Fling 2012: