Thursday Doors

This is so exciting – I have doors, and they’re potties. πŸ™‚

Besides handsome wooden shoe forms to differentiate them, they also have gardening forks for ‘m’en and ‘w’omen. How cool is that?

Last Friday, my friend Sue and I visited Bedrock Gardens. This isn’t a botanical garden by any means, but it is a lovely garden that draws visitors from around New Hampshire and New England.

Bedrock Gardens was purchased in 1980 by Jill Nooney and Bob Munger. It was a 37 acre dairy farm that had been abandoned for 40 years. In 1987, Jill and Bob started clearing and making personal garden beds one by one.

Today, the gardens cover about 25 acres and include a 3/4 mile trail, tea house, ponds, sculptures, and many unique plantings and water features.

As you stroll the paths through the gardens, the one overriding thought that keeps reoccurring is that this was a personal garden for many years. It takes special people with unbelievably creative minds and strong backs to envision a personal garden like this.

Today, it has ‘Friends of Bedrock Garden’ as a governing body, is classified as a nonprofit, employs John Forti as Executive Director, and is open it to the public Tuesday through Friday, 10-4, and the 1st and 3rd weekends from June through October.

If living or traveling in the area, it is a wonderful way to spend 1-2 hours of your day immersed in nature at its finest and accented with a large dose of unbelievably creative art pieces.

Covid-19 checklist: Did we travel in separate cars? Yes. Did we wear masks? Yes. Did we distance ourselves from others? Yes. Did we use hand sanitizer? Yes. Did we do our part to keep all of us safe? Yes. Did we have a good time? Yes.   😎

As all Thursday Doors, this posted is linked to Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors-July 30, 2020. Norm is our friend and neighbor to the north who knows all things about doors and those who appreciate them.

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51 Responses to Thursday Doors

  1. pbmgarden says:

    Glad you enjoyed a safe outing and what a wonderful destination. Love the spiral.

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  2. dennyho says:

    How very special the original gardeners chose to share this with everyone. That spiral design with the pavers is so clever! And of course the bathroom door designations are perfect…such a fun doorscursion this morning. Happy Thursday.

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  3. Murphy's Law says:

    Bedrock Gardens is fantastic Judy, and the garden sculptures are among the best I’ve seen. Hats off to these two incredibly creative and talented people. It’s an absolute work of love and it shows.

    The public “potty” deserves an applause..,πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘. It looks spotlessly clean and once again reflects the owners creativity and sense of humor!

    Easy to see why you and your friend Sue enjoyed such a wonderful day.

    Love that spiral stone path in front of the tree! Neat!!
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    • As a person who enjoys her garden, you’d like this place. It seemed like every time we turned, there was something to catch our eye and make us stop, smile, and try to figure out what it was and how it was put together. She is the artist, and she had a junk pile up on a hill where she could scavenge for parts. It wasn’t a pretty sight, hence no photo, but it sure allowed your mind to wander looking at all the pieces and thinking about what they might become in the future.


  4. So glad you were able to get out and have fun in a beautiful garden!

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  5. Teresa says:

    That last photo is just amazing with its mist!

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  6. A beautiful place! I especially liked the blue sculpture. In fact, I covet it. Glad you were able to have a fun and safe visit.

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  7. Oddment says:

    I agree wholeheartedly that this entire place is a testimonial to creativity. And also to, as you say, strong backs. No one brings Nature and sculpture together like this without serious sweat equity. The photos are great — I think I can actually feel your sense of liberation! And what a door capture! Thank you for a much-needed lift!

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  8. Dawn says:

    Oh my! What a wonderful oasis of Nature and art, Judy! So much creativity around every turn. I would have to stop and walk the labyrinth beneath the tree for a few moments of ‘walking meditation.’ Those potty doors are definitely photo-worthy, too!😊 Thank you for reminding me that we can still safely enjoy a lovely outdoor adventure with a friend! It just takes some special planning.
    I’m forwarding this post to my friend, Eileen, who lives near UNH. I wonder if she has ever visited Bedrock Gardens? Thanks for taking us along on your wonderful adventure, Judy!!πŸ’—

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  9. Norm 2.0 says:

    Oh this place is simply beautiful. I could so use an outing like this right about now.
    I love the playful clever way they differentiate the doors too πŸ™‚

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  10. What an enchanting place. It’s great being able to explore again, isn’t it?

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    • It was wonderful to have even a couple of hours out and about. Our state numbers are not bad in comparison, but the US is struggling with the pandemic so I try to be careful and not go anywhere there are a lot of people. This was pretty good because you could hold back and let a couple get in front of you or step off to the side. I’m still not going anywhere near an indoor gathering or a tourist spot. I just looked up the numbers, and Ireland is doing well in comparison too. Stay well!

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  11. Your last image is my favorite. I love the misty golden light, and view from where you stood.

    It looks like a great place to spend some time.

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  12. It is nice to be able to get out and enjoy nature in these troubled times. Expecting temperatures in 3 digits for a week. Possible thunderstorms.

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  13. Joyce says:

    Truly a labor of love! How generous of them to share the beauty in what I’m sure is a highly profitable venture. Everyone – gardener or not – can have a satisfying feeding of the soul here!

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  14. Lovely, lovely! I think we are learning – as time goes on – what we are comfortable doing… and who with. I’m glad you had a wonderful day among the greenery and art.

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    • You brought up important issues right now. We are suddenly cognizant of how people are choosing to respond to Covid-19 and have to make choices accordingly. Having coffee on your patio and knowing you have been social distancing and wearing a mask is one thing. Thinking about having coffee with someone who shops without a mask and just returned from several dinners out is another thing. Stay well.

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  15. Dan Antion says:

    This looks like a wonderful place to visit, Judy. The doors are so cool, but the rest of the grounds are amazing. The spiral path reminds the beginning of the yellow brick road. I’m glad you were able to get out and enjoy this.

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  16. Eliza Waters says:

    Thank you for the intro to this great garden. I hadn’t heard of it before and it is close to where my brother-in-law lives, so perhaps next visit I’ll get a chance to see the garden. I watched the Chronicle video, looks like a wonderful place!

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  17. It must have been a lovely treat to spend time at this pretty garden. Glad to hear you are all staying safe too.

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  18. Ally Bean says:

    These are wonderful doors. The details are cute as the bee’s knees. Glad you had a safe fun time.

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  19. You checked all the right boxes! And those non-door pictures are especially beautiful. What a joy it must have been to get out and go somewhere nice. – Marty

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  20. Who nails shoes to their door?

    I’m glad to see SOMEONE is getting out. Someone.

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  21. Marilyn says:

    Potties look new. I love the shoes on the doors and garden rakes.

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  22. Rose says:

    I was having the same thought about needing a strong back! But oh, I so loved this. wish Ihad been there.

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  23. Karen says:

    I can’t believe that we never knew about the garden…we lived right off 125 in Danville so it wasn’t far away. All I can say is thanks for sharing something beautiful that was practically in my backyard. 😊

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