Joy Farrell sure is working hard to convince us to visit Antigua! Her latest installment is some photos from her friend Vanessa's garden. Joy says, "My friend Vanessa lives at Willoughby Bay along the south east coast line of the island. At the entry point of their home is an imposing Bismarckia nobilis, or Bismarck palm. This is an exceptionally beautiful solitary palm with very large fan shaped leaves that are blue or silver-grey in colour.  Dwarfed by the massive Bismarck are two silver button hedges facing each other on either side of the entryway. The rustic stone steps and walkway run throughout the garden. Flanked on either side of the walkway are all kinds of palms: fishtail, fan, foxtail, and royal. She has many mature trees see like Lignum Vitae, Flamboyance and Frangipani.
          In the heart of the garden is a sparkling pool.  It is surrounded by a rock garden that is fully loaded with color, bougainvillea, bridal bouquet and lots of palms. At the head of the pool is a pergola that provides a quiet respite, a beautiful shaded area for entertaining. Vanessa is an artiste and that is reflected in the composition of colorful ceramics scattered throughout the garden.
          The garden is full of surprises.  Around every corner is something you don't expect. This wonderful copper water feature full of water lilies and a large earthenware fish provide some humor to an otherwise quiet corner.  The garden appears to be compartmentalized into outdoor rooms including an outdoor kitchen. There are a lot of large mature fruit trees and there is a story behind each one. The Willoughby Bay coastline runs along the borders of the garden." Yet another gorgeous Antigua garden, Joy. Again, if anyone is going to Antigua, Joy does a Gardens of Antigua tour, and you can book through Carib World Travel at (268)480-2999.

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