The garden is not really a garden. It is a group of gardens that as a whole make up ‘The Healing Garden’. There are really 13 areas that in themselves could be considered to be a garden. *”As you tour the garden… you will see that is garden did not get done in a short time, nor at one time. It has been fun and the source and the source of a great deal of satisfaction.”
*-From a ‘Map to Areas in Thurston Gardens’ created for Garden Club tours in 1995
The general areas include: The parking area garden, driveway gardens, courtyard, work area, terrace, swimming pool, swing area, gazebo, overlook bench, fish pool, picnic area, day lily beds, dish garden, meditation garden and the woodland path.
This sundial is now in the ‘dish garden’ Originally the dish garden was called that because it was designed around and to hide, (or at least to make look as sculpture), a large satellite dish. The design was further complicated by the fact no vegetation could ‘pierce the beam’ for it to work correctly. The garden was to represent “Wind, Water, Sun and the Stars.” It was parabolic in shape to reflect the shape of the dish. In addition to the sundial, there was a water feature and a pink granite wind chime. Arborvitae used to help hide the dish were eaten by the local deer population. Star Gazer Lilies and Star Thrower Mountain Laurel enhance the theme for this area.
Audio: The Dish Garden
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