A secret garden in a Balinese setting

Published May 5, 2021, 12:00 PM

by Jullie Y. Daza

It’s a series of gardens on a multi-hectare property that might as well be a park

Photos by JYD

ODE TO WATER Fish caught in stone, perpetually, as if to remind the visitor that Bali, the inspiration for this secret garden, is an island

Like a piece of paradise restored after last year’s ashfall, this private resort is blooming again.

The fruit trees are heavy laden, mango, chico, calamansi. The ornamentals display their colors in a contest where no one is a loser. Some plants are so rare even the three gardeners who take care of them are not sure of their names. Only the lady of the manor and her landscape artist know for sure, but today being a weekday neither of them is around to educate the visitor who has eyes to appreciate but no vocabulary to widen.

POOLS OF DELIGHT Swimming and wading pools for adults and children provide a touch of blue reflecting the color of the sky

The best part of the secret garden is how the sun shines without burning the skin and how the moon glows without the noises of traffic and the smog of pollution marring its beauty.

FANCY A FLIGHT Flamingoes – lovebirds
LADY SENTINEL Lady in stone keeps watch at the entrance to spa (not shown)

The garden is not just a garden—it’s a series of gardens on a multi-hectare property that might as well be a park. The house, designed for three generations, takes its inspiration from Bali with its carvings in wood and stone. The greenery—orchard, walkways, circular paths—is interrupted here and there with a portico or two, carved in Balinese style, while deities sculptured in stone guard entrances and exits. Besides the “big house,” there’s a spa, a pool, and a lanai for family activities. They co-exist in tranquil harmony in sun and shade, in peace and quiet, or amid the merry sounds of children at play and adults laughing at the latest jokes.

DRAPED IN PINK Pink leaves thrive among the green

The best part of the secret garden is how the sun shines without burning the skin and how the moon glows without the noises of traffic and the smog of pollution marring its beauty. Wait for your turn to be invited, dear one.  

THE GUARDIAN one of many guarding the garden

 
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