Or call it Dump Truck Park as the children in artist and gardener Christopher Mello's West Asheville community do ... the one thing you CAN'T call it is dull!
This sign was all I needed to see to know that Christopher's was my kind of garden.
He clearly shares my affinity for rusty stuff. This waterfall was the coolest, most creative use of rusty metal that I've ever seen.
He also shares my affinity for succulents ... combine succulents with rusty stuff, as he did in this planting, and it's enough to make me swoon.
The plantings in his garden, such as the classic cottage combination above, were a serene counterpoint to the riotous garden art.
What really made Christopher's garden sing to me was the daring, the exuberance and the creativity displayed at every turn.
I'm still thinking about it and pondering how I can bring more of that to my own gardens. I did contribute something to his garden before I left, after seeing that a certain Tennessee gardener had left her mark!