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Private Gardens in the North Carolina Mountains

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Highlands, NC Moutain Garden

I’ve had not one, but two opportunities to be in the North Carolina mountains this summer. What a wonderful counterpoint to Newport –  vistas of rolling mountains versus long  ocean views – cool and misty (curl up time) versus hot and hurried;  I love the contrast . Join me as I take a quiet moment to peruse  some of my  favorite pictures of gardens to be found in this idyllic area (where a gnome or fairy almost promises to be hiding under a large hosta leaf…or waiting around every turn in the path.)

Highlands, NC Moutain Garden

Highlands, like other favored get-away spots in the North Carolina mountains, beckons with its verdant lushness, its abundant plants that thrive from the cool mountain air and evening mist. Every garden is a study in informal chic, not too perfect or over manicured, as witnessed by the lichen on so many surfaces.

Highlands, NC Moutain Garden

Highlands, NC Moutain Garden

A welcoming courtyard sets the tone for an evening of good friends, stimulating conversation, funny stories and delicious food. Thank you, Joan!

Highlands, NC Moutain Garden

As the sun was setting, the Moorish-style lanterns awaited their turn to cast a magical glow upon the dinner guests and to highlight the white flowers.

Highlands, NC Moutain Garden

Highlands, NC Moutain Garden

Bold stripes of black and white accented with fuchsia napkins and flowers added a humorous note to the intimate party of 16 on the tented stone terrace.

Highlands, NC Moutain Garden

Highlands, NC Moutain Garden

Highlands, NC Moutain Garden

The back garden’s wooden gazebo with its twig-detailed fence is another fetching alternative for al fresco dining.

Highlands, NC Moutain Garden

Just a few steps away, the garden room with its cathedral ceiling and dramatic window just invites a tête à tête.

Highlands, NC Moutain Garden

Highlands, NC Moutain Garden

It’s contrast that oftentimes spells “chic”- acidic lime and chartreuse green fruit, in round smooth shapes, nestle in a capacious pinecone bowl.

Highlands, NC Moutain Garden

And I’ll finish with a bit more rustic whimsy from another friend’s Highlands garden…

Stay cool, and enjoy these last few days of summer.

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Bettie Bearden Pardee

About Bettie Bearden Pardee

Author of Private Newport and Living Newport, garden furniture designer (The Parterre Bench), national lecturer, and entertaining expert. An honoree for the second year on "The Salonniere 100 America's Best Party Hosts", she was also the host and creative producer of "The Presidential Palate: Entertaining at the White House".

3 thoughts on “Private Gardens in the North Carolina Mountains

  1. I’m so inspired to get my garden and outdoor spaces to the next level.
    Your wonderful article has my creative juices going!
    Thank you!

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