Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth

Flemish Brick exterior combines with English cottage design elements at home of Dr. Jimmy Milan.

Flemish Brick exterior combines with English cottage design elements at home of Dr. Jimmy Milan who has added extensive gardens to the estate.

This week’s WordPress Daily Post photo challenge began with a quote from Wendell Berry:  “The Earth is what we all have in common” and ended with a request for writers to share their vision of glorious Mother Earth.  Well, even though we all have earth in common, it seems to us that some people just magically do more with their little plot of earth than others.

Beautiful stonework entrance to the home of Dr. Jimmy Milan of Knoxville.

Beautiful stonework entrance to the home of Dr. Jimmy Milan of Knoxville.

Case in point:  one of the Open Gardens in the 2016 Dogwood Arts Festival belonging to Dr. Jimmy Milan in the Holston Hills neighborhood of Knoxville, Tennessee. Inspired by Dr. Milan’s trips to Great Britain and Ireland, the garden provides a respite for guests with its stone walkways, boxwood hedges, lush foliage of hostas and ferns beneath the dogwood trees, and an outdoor room for entertaining.

Pathways lined with shrubbery and groundcover

Pathways lined with shrubbery and groundcover add interest to the landscape design of Dr. Jimmy Milan.

Statuary and concrete planters define areas of Dr. Milan's garden.

Statuary and concrete planters define areas of Dr. Milan’s garden.

A moss-covered bench forms the backdrop for this restful setting.

A moss-covered bench forms the backdrop for this restful setting.

An outdoor room offers comfortable seating, space for grilling in the gardens of Dr. Jimmy Milan.

An outdoor room offers comfortable seating, space for grilling in the gardens of Dr. Jimmy Milan.

Yes, we all do have earth in common.  But some just seem to have the knack of making their piece of Mother Earth quite heavenly!

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Met at University of Tennessee, been married for 47 years, and still passionate about travel whether we're volunteering with Habitat Global Village, combining work at Discovery with pleasure, or just seeing the world. Hope you'll join us as we try to see it all while we can!
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14 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth

    • I was thinking about this garden on this cool but quite pleasant morning. Wonder if I just show up there if the owners would let me sit and take in the morning? I agree with you — it’s so beautiful! Thanks for taking a look.

  1. quarksire says:

    last photo is pert Kewl 🙂

  2. Wonderful spaces! Nicely captured and I agree, this would be my dream garden as well!!

  3. This is my ideal garden Rusha. Lots of cozy, green and quiet places to sit, and an interesting variety of landscape features. What also makes it ideal is the concept that someone else takes care of it. 🙂 ~James

    • It’s pretty ideal, all right! We’ve tried to visit several of these each year — amazed by all of them for one thing or another. And, believe it or not, many of these private gardens are taken care of and masterminded, at least for the most part, by the homeowners themselves. Makes my African violets seem even more pitiful by comparison!

  4. These are tremendous shots! What a gorgeous place to visit.

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  6. Loved the pics 🙂 SO lush and green.

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