Gardens for journey, artwork, and video games at Paxson Hill Farm

November 22, 2023

Selecting up my tour of Paxson Hill Farm — from the Philadelphia Space Fling in September — the place I left off yesterday, let’s maintain exploring! After rising from the hobbit home hideaway, I adopted the trail uphill by one other weeping-tree arch. The romance! Am I proper?

The Swamp

Forward lay a swamp backyard, marked by a unusual cordyline on the gateposts. A slender boardwalk guarantees to maintain your ft dry.

The marshy floor is obscured by lush foliage, however a weeping tree beckons within the distance.

Jim Charlier led the best way alongside the zigzagging boardwalk.

You attain dry land below the willow and end up on an island with semi-spooky totems.

Are they pleasant?

A swinging log bridge offers your escape, and naturally you may have a little bit enjoyable bouncing on it if you would like.

Laughing as you exit the bouncing bridge, you see — howdy! — a hippo lounging in a low spot.


On the rear of the backyard, you discover a big, grassy amphitheater. I’m wondering what sorts of performances they stage right here?

On stage, a sculptural musician silently performs.

Fall colour was beginning to kick in in late September.

Discovered-object colour is all the time there.

Temple Backyard

A proper backyard stretches alongside one facet of Paxson Hill, with axis views, framed doorways, and many sculpture. There’s a wildlife pond simply past, however I used to be working quick on time and needed to skip it this time. In case you’re curious, you may see it in my publish from a go to in 2021.

An Egyptian goddess, new since my final go to, marked the ultimate point of interest alongside the axis. Now let’s flip round and stroll by the formal backyard in reverse.

I quickly discovered Layanee DeMerchant putting a mauve pose in a moon gate. She matches the gravel behind her!

A bosque enclosed by a hedge and lined with sculptural works presents a contemplative place to take a seat.

An Adam and Eve (she’s simply out of view) are entwined in a steel arbor between backyard rooms.

A pair of sphinxes marks the doorway to a different backyard room. You by no means know what you will discover at Paxson Hill.

Off to the facet, an summary sculpture on the garden stands out towards burgundy foliage.

And an outsized pair of urns, every an explosion of rainbow-hued phormium, marks the doorway to the Temple Backyard.

Satyr faces adorn the urns.

Bare Alien

The principle crossroads of Paxson Hill’s backyard is a round garden with paths radiating out on all sides. Within the heart stands a kinetic sculpture, Bare Alien.

Katsura Backyard

I had time for a fast peek on the Katsura Backyard, the place I discovered a hunger-inducing sculpture of colourful macarons…

…and a large chess board, deserted mid-game. A king stands within the nook, watching the scene.

I am keen on Paxson Hill Farm’s creativity, fearlessness, and sense of journey. It’s great to see such a artistic designer as proprietor Bruce Gangawer let free throughout 30 acres to create a one-of-a-kind backyard and open it to the general public to get pleasure from.

Up subsequent: The incomparable Chanticleer Backyard, Half 1. (It could be a short while earlier than I can edit all my photographs of Chanticleer, since I’m working exhausting on my new ebook proper now. However stayed tuned for them!) For a glance again at Paxson Hill Farm, Half 1, together with the pond backyard and hobbit home hideaway, click on right here.

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