Enter the heavy iron gates of this property, proceed down the winding path through manicured greens, and you might wonder if you’ve stepped onto an English country estate. But you’re actually in Nashville, TN, in a sumptuous garden landscape designed by Page|Duke Landscape Architects. Even the gateposts are ornamented: ivies climb out of round sculptured bowls, with moss roses and impatiens brightening the way. Soon, you come to a patterned stone driveway: cobblestones form large concrete squares and lead you toward a hidden courtyard tucked in the trees and curtained in white and gold; tall purple flowers ring the gently trickling fountain at the center. Nestled behind those drawn drapes is a lovely alfresco area for tea or lunch — complete with a fireplace tucked at the back of the alcove for warmth.
Further down a flagstone path you see another “room” of the garden: a white-stone patio lined with bougainvillea in glorious pink bloom. Nod to your left, and you see another stately building — which turns out to be a classic-lined pool house. Look in another direction, and the sloping lawn seems to go on forever, rolling from terraces over a stone footbridge to a flower-bedecked stone wall. But all this rambling, no doubt, has put you in the mood for a cooling dip in the long lap pool; afterward, white lounge chairs beckon you to relax and drink in the peaceful green countryside around you from another vantage point. But no matter what approach you take to this well-cultivated Nashville garden, the end result will be the same: abundant, colorful surprises just down a tree-covered stone path.