SECRET GARDENS | A Collection of Homes that Inspire Cultivationlivxmin
We all love the discovery of a hidden gem. Like the quaint corner bistro that becomes a lifelong favorite at first bite. Or when the perfect white bowl purchased for $3 dollars at a tag sale in New York turns out to be a priceless Chinese relic and sells for $2.23 million at Sotheby’s Auction House. These are the stories in which secrets become treasures. Thus, we were compelled to search far and wide for hidden treasures of our own – a collection of extraordinary homes with a “secret” if you will. What we found was truly inspiring.
Since the inception of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s iconic 1910 children’s classic The Secret Garden, such magical places of seclusion, mystery, and life have been dreamt about, toiled over, and brought to fruition in gardens around the world. After all, gardens are admirable works of art, things of beauty not to be overlooked but relished and cared for, from the very first seedlings to each and every budding bloom. Just ask Sue Haskell, owner of 3061 S. Fillmore Way in Denver, quoted in the Rocky Mountain News for ‘Garden of the Week’ encouraging green thumbs, “Don’t get discouraged when something dies just keep trying. You have to figure out where plants are happy. Then you have to keep things under control. You have to be a little ruthless about pulling things out.” Here we present a handful of noteworthy secret gardens, all of which belong to homes that are ripe for the picking. Take a quick peek and see if one speaks to you. You may find yourself dialing for a tour.
1107 Northwood Lane, Castle Rock, CO 80108 | $2,795,000 Curb appeal is an important factor when buying or selling a home, but what about those perfectly pruned petals that lie in secret spaces? This incredible Castle Pines Village home – also featured on the cover of Connoisseur – offers both. A stunning nod to an authentic European Country Chateau, the property exudes craftsmanship with great attention to the small details that make a house a home. Tucked away amidst a wooded site backing to the golf course on a quiet street, the lime-washed brick exterior lends a complimentary hand to the manicured grounds and paths leading to the garden. Imported European ruins hint to the prized secret garden that lies beyond.
23 Sunset Drive, Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113 | $6,150,000 Perhaps a brick Tudor blanketed by delicate tendrils of ivy is your cup of tea? This home situated atop one of the most prestigious lots in coveted Cherry Hills Village has a garden to be envious of. Its lush manicured grounds complete with greenhouse, picturesque swimming pool, and horse barn are the cherry on top.
1904 Kearney Street, Denver, CO 80220 | $1,280,000 Offered for public sale the first time since 1972, this lovely estate rests amidst a secluded, hedge-rimmed site on four city lots totaling 12,200 square feet. The story-and-a-half Craftsman Bungalow has quite a pedigree, as it is the only house in the Park Hill neighborhood to be listed in the Denver Landmark registry. Designed by renowned Denver architect George Louis Bettcher, the Kappler-Cannon-Fieger house was originally built in 1912 for Otto Kappler, former Secretary and Manager of the Brown Palace Hotel. Many of Denver’s prominent business and civic leaders frequented the house, which included guests such as Mayor Stapleton and famous aviatrix Amelia Earhart. The exquisite swimming pool sits atop the same footprint of the original pool that was buried decades ago, yet today is brought back to all its glory surrounded by gardens rich in history.
3061 S Fillmore Way, Denver, CO 80210 | $695,000 Home to its previous owners for over 30+ years, this secret garden has a touching tale. Featured in local newspapers, this property’s garden is one of remarkable beauty and grace, but also friendship. The owners used to have their party guests bring a flower or potted plant to share – the contributions ultimately formed a friendship garden that has flourished ever since.
772 Humboldt, Denver, CO 80218 | $875,000 This Victorian gem in North Country Club has it all. An oversized lot, secluded gardens with unique trees and perennials, and is located a mere block from Cheesman Park. Make it your own by pruning and planting to your heart’s desire.
33901 Stagecoach Blvd, Evergreen, CO 80439 | $998,000 Inspired by architectural courtyards throughout time, this indoor conservatory provides a welcome breath of humidity year-round in contrast to the foothills dry climate. This unique habitat was created on the natural hillside with the house built around it, separating the main house from the guest quarters and artist studio by a bridge overlooking the terraced ponds below. Orchids abound, accompanied by a staghorn fern, tree hibiscus, bird of paradise, a naturalized fern, and varied ground covers. Dry stacked indigenous granite rocks create three terraces, holding three ponds and two waterfalls. Large koi reside in the bottom pond, while various types of goldfish inhabit the upper two ponds—all anxiously awaiting food thrown from the bridge each morning.
33791 Meadow Mountain Road Evergreen, CO 80439 | $3,000,000 Rather than resembling the typical English gardens featured here, this property is more like a secluded mountain park. An artful balance of private retreats and communal gathering spaces highlighted by intricate southwestern details, this home was created to allow the outdoors in. Rocky Mountain views bathe the interior, yet it is the secret spaces outdoors that are just as intriguing. You’ll find waterfalls, green irrigated lawns, lush mountain vegetation, patio enclave, a cave grotto with hot tub, kiva fireplace, and even an authentic teepee.
Insider Tip | Check out the Denver Botanic Gardens 2013 Bonfils-Stanton series “Inspire,” which encourages guests to fall in love with their garden all over again. Visit www.botanicgardens.org for details.
Colorado Gardening Fact Sheet
On average, most lawns need up to one inch of water-a-week to stay healthy.
Water early-morning for best results, with multiple cycles and soak.
Remember to plant annuals after last frost, or cover.
Plant window boxes and container plants.
Roses like to be fed. Keep fertilized for maximum beauty.
Prune all plants shortly after flowering, and shrubs after blooming.
Stake flowers, plants, and perennials that need extra support.
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