There’s a secret garden tucked away in Toccoa that few know about, and it could be one of the best kept secrets around.

Beth, who goes to my church, is a Master Gardner and this garden belongs to her. For a long time, I have wanted to visit and see just a fraction of her two plus acres, which are mostly wooded but full of natural wild flowers and plants.

The flowers radiate songs and laughter and conversation and much joy along with an abundance of color.

I love terracotta planters! Nothing speaks of a lush natural area like these do and the more used and worn a pot is, the better looking. This one is beautiful!

The greens in the garden were overwhelming but the reds really stood out wonderfully.

A sunlit wooden pathway that is perfect for any garden: “Don’t go where the path leads. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail!” —Emerson

“Home is where love resides, memories are created, friends always belong, and laughter never ends.”

For the life of me, I can’t remember the name of this Dogwood. I know it is special because Beth said it was and she has mentioned it to me several times. It drops its seeds and they come up everywhere. I think I received a future promise of one from her once it is up and growing.

Millstones are wonderful. This one, while it is broken in half, is perfect for this garden and only add to the natural look and feel. There were so many mills in the area and it is wonderful that this one has survived and been preserved for us to enjoy.

Well, this Lady Slipper was the reason, I was invited to view this enchanted and secret garden. Hundreds of them are located in a special wooded place overlooking the garden below.

Yellow is always a striking reminder of the spring and summer days to come.

This Azalea was “backlit” by the sun filtering through the trees. Simply beautiful!

I just had to close with this amazing photo of an azalea that actually looks hand painted.