A true garden is more than just a collection of plants it is an expression of the caretaker who oversees it. A garden is a place where one can go to sit and ponder, or to relax and enjoy the moment amongst some favorite surroundings. What makes a garden special is the elements that have been brought into it. The plantings of course should be those which one likes but what about other elements. Some people may call this garden art.
I have a hard time with the term garden art as I always envision formal statues on pedestals placed about in almost a museum like way. I prefer to think of things placed in a garden as
the personal whimsy of the gardener who tends it. A garden need not be an idea of the perfect elements that are all brought together to form a perfect harmony. In fact a it is just like art in that it is the vision of the gardener who puts it together. Not everyone sees things in the same way as with a piece of artwork. What is important is that the artist or in this case the gardeners vision matches that which they are looking for.
I have seen all types of what I would considered whimsical things used in the garden from bowling balls, old glass bottles, marbles, to baby buggies, and even old bed frames yet some how these were incorporated to make them look like they belonged. It may have been the surprise of finding the unexpected in a garden that made it seem alright or just the fact these items blended so well to the surroundings. No matter I think that using them in the garden was a stroke of genius which kept them out of the landfill in a rather interesting way.
I have been in fairy gardens and gardens that are inhabited by gnomes there are many hidden spots that as you wander the garden you come upon and you think of what a great imagination the gardener has. It is more though than just imagination it is the expression of ones own creativity. No matter what you enjoy if you want to place it in your garden and it is something that pleases you then you must.
A whimsical garden is so much more interesting the gardener lets themselves go and offers those that visit a chance to see a different side of the person. In a whimsical garden you have a chance to put your thoughts into actions and to create the place that you like to be. No two gardens can be alike but one that is personalized with a gardeners special interest is truly a garden that should be visited and admired.