Gardeners Love The Inspiration at Dovecote in Cashiers

By Bear Lake Staff / August 4, 2015

Blog and photos submitted by homeowner Diane Genaro-White!

A wonderful water feature with a mini-stone sculpture.  A wonderful water feature with a mini-stone sculpture.

As a passionate gardener, I love the inspiration that Bear Lake Reserve offers.  All you have to do is look around each day to see how every plant and tree, street, mountain, and the lake changes.

Dovecote Entry Walking into one of my favorite places on a side trip to Cashiers, NC – Dovecote Porch and Garden!

One of the advantages of living at Bear Lake Reserve is taking one of the many side trips that are so accessible to us.

Flowers at Dovecote Wildflowers surround the white picket fence, stretching up to greet you!

One of my favorite is a trip to Dargan’s Dovecote Porch & Gardens in Cashiers.  A magical place that inspires the serious or the novice gardener.

Dovecote Rock Entry Stunning stone sculptures and wildflowers at Dovecote Porch and Garden in Cashiers, NC.

 

Dovecote is owned by Hugh Dargan and Mary Palmer Dargan renowned landscape architects, who now reside in Cashiers.

Mary Palmer Dargan in the gardens of Dovecote in Cashiers, NC! Mary Palmer Dargan in the gardens of Dovecote in Cashiers, NC!

They have designed award winning gardens in Atlanta, Charleston (which I saw on a recent Historic Home and Garden Tour in April 2015) Cashiers, Highlands etc.

Landscape architects Hugh and Mary Palmer Dargan host a Garden Talk Series with special guests to teach both beginner and experienced gardeners about gardening, sculpture, and creative landscaping! Landscape architect Mary Palmer Dargan at the Garden Talk Series with special guest sculptor Carl Peverall and his son teaching both beginner and experienced gardeners about gardening, sculpture, and creative landscaping!

On Friday I went to one of their Summer Seminars, called “The Garden Talk Salon”,which was held adjacent to the barn on the Dovecote property.  A charming setting to hear from the renowned sculptor Carl Peverall, who is a North Carolina resident and who has been specializing in stone sculptures.

Stone Sculpture by Carl Peverall Stone Sculpture by Carl Peverall
At Dovecote, we met renowned sculptor Carl Peverall, a North Carolina resident who creates incredible stone sculptures! At Dovecote, we met renowned sculptor Carl Peverall, a North Carolina resident who creates incredible stone sculptures!

After the lecture, we had a chance to tour the rest of the Dovecote property and view a dozen or so of Carl’s sculptures,while he explained his inspiration for each piece.

Carl Peverall discusses his inspiration in the garden of stone sculptures. Carl Peverall discusses his inspiration in the garden of stone sculptures.

It was such a treat to then enjoy the Dovecote displays of Garden Art, Miniature Gardens ( which is a speciality of Dovecote), Gifts for Gardeners, Hostess Gifts, Raised Bed Gardens, which are a piece of Art themselves, all the while gaining a great perspective and inspiration of what can be done with a bit of imagination!

Dovecote Succulents and Raised Beds Raised garden beds – great architectural landscape ideas!
Dovecote Mossed Tables Mossy tables, gifts, and whimsical succulent planters – special pieces to spruce up your garden or yard!

There are several more seminars scheduled for this summer, and you can go to the Dovecote website www.Dargan.com/dovecote-events and find the dates and subjects that will be covered.

Dovecote Sculpture Garden Carl Peverall’s Sculpture Garden – Who will you hear at the next Garden Talk session at Dovecote in Cashiers, NC – just a side trip from Bear Lake Reserve?!

Dovecote is located at 35 Flashpoint Drive in Cashiers, next to Cornucopia Restaurant.  You can contact Dovecote at 828-743-0307.

Mary Palmer Dargan in the gardens of Dovecote in Cashiers, NC! Mary Palmer Dargan in the gardens of Dovecote in Cashiers, NC!

Happy Gardening!!!

 

Note from the editor: Thanks so much to Diane White for sharing her experiences at Dovecote!  Stay tuned to the Bear Lake Reserve Blog this fall to read about more side trips near Bear Lake Reserve!