Chanticleer Six in Twelve The Ruins

Round that turn…

The Ruins

This is a very odd installation on the site to come across when you are traveling past roses and pastoral beauty. If you saw the images in Framing the View, you would quickly understand the design cues that were meant to convey.

You enter a garden room, giving you the feeling of enclosure, mystery, creativity and art. The Ruins should be approached the way the designers intended from the hillside path. You leave one experience and enter another of completely different aesthetics.

As you move room to room, the decay increases in this folly. The path from the hillside is landscaped with seven weeping Norway spruce and a weeping Silver fir. Do you think this was intentional to have droopy plants lining the path. You bet. It gives you a sense of the eerie path you might be on.

In movies they do the same thing to increase the sense of foreboding. Here it is building up the viewer’s curiosity. I read that the spruce are meant to have “a human quality calling to mind ghosts, their heads bent in a state of bewilderment.” There are two inside the Ruins and maybe this is the intent. I viewed them more like in movies, to create a sense of what is to become. The form of the trees really enhance the feeling of decay and demise.

The black polished granite water feature is a table-like structure, but has the appearance of a coffin. It was inspired by Italian Renaissance banquet tables. The table rests on a rug constructed from the roof tiles of the house that at one time, occupied this site.

The Ruins are not meant to give the idea of total neglect and departure. Plants are ever-present and seek to reclaim the site, just like in naturally occurring ruins.

See how the rug is artfully created?

The fireplace is getting engulfed in climbing Hydrangea.

Now we head down the hill through the Gravel Garden.

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7 Responses to Chanticleer Six in Twelve The Ruins

  1. Les says:

    This is my favorite garden at Chanticleer, and the first time I saw it was total glee. It might even be one of favorite spots in in garden.

  2. Bom says:

    Continuing from my last comment: . . . and what a surprise it is. The Ruins would be wonderful to explore. So glad you are sharing your trip with us.

  3. Loving the Ruins – thanks for sharing:)

  4. Donna I think this is my favorite so far…so artful as you say and it makes the right impact…I love the floor/carpet..ingenious

  5. Joanna says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your pictures; I’ve read about this garden in a wonderful book by Claire Sawyers called “The Authentic Garden.” I can see in your photos how this garden almost seems to tell a story. It’s really enchanting, and your photos are lovely.

  6. The ruin is certainly very photgraphic. It is not my favorite part of Chanticleer because it is not “ruined” enough. It would be much improved if they brought in a sandblaster and got rid of some of the shiny edges.

  7. debsgarden says:

    The weeping spruce do have a human quality! Perfect design!

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