The day began with thunder, lightning and a downpour in Asheville, North Carolina. But fears of the weather spoiling the garden party were for naught as the rain stopped just in time for the nine o’clock opening of a very special place that goes by the name of Wamboldtopia.
Wamboldtopia, named for the street on which it exists, Wamboldt Avenue in Asheville, was one of many gardens visited by the garden bloggers during the Fling of 2012. I wrote about that visit here.
On this day in late July, Damaris Pierce was hosting an Open Garden to showcase her artfully designed and decorated steeply sloping property that has been transformed into the perfect place for magic to occur. Children, including offspring Semi and her offspring LTB were in abundance.
To make this event even more special, an ice cream flavor was developed by the Ninja Master of The Hop Ice Cream Cafe, Ashley using rosemary from the Wamboldtopia garden, Nutella Rosemary. It was scooped by none other than offspring Brokenbeat on the screened in porch and was absolutely marvelous. I am not just saying that either, and usually order Vanilla Bean with home made hot fudge sauce when at The Hop.
I admire her work so much that even though I also make fairy doors, seen in this post, two of her fairy portals were purchased for the Fairy Village back home in Tennessee. LTB selected the one on the right, my choice was on the left. I liked the writing on it.
The new doors were thoughtfully placed by LTB after our return home. LTB is responsible for the entire design of the Fairy Village which is also constantly tweaked and added to. It includes a zip line, the small basket suspended on the broken rake handle, something a little boy would think of. He loved Wamboldtopia and did not want to leave, ever, he said. The new doors will be a reminder and inspiration of a very special place and a very special artist and her garden.