Friday Fun: Shady Spots in Gardens

It’s so lovely to see how many of my blog readers enjoy my Friday Fun posts – and even make suggestions for future topics. Like a DJ, I am always open to requests – and the excuse to go off and do some ‘research’. A couple of weeks ago, CA Lovegrove, who blogs at Calmgrove, asked about cloisters and gardens with shady walkways. So here are some inspirational gardens that I hope fit the bill…

Aberglasney in Wales has a walled garden rather than a cloister, but you can walk below the arches, I believe. From
Cloister in Sorrento hosts weddings, in case you’re looking for a romantic backdrop, from
The Japanese version is more of a narrow corridor or gallery that can open up, a bit like my grandmother’s porch, but going all the way round even the smalleest garden. From Pinterest.
Cloister of Saint Salvi in Albi, France, from Office de Tourisme Albi.
A dreamy, shady walkway at Petworth House, from Country Life.
The Spanish/Moorish design is so beautiful, although this particular one is in the US, from Garden Design.
I’ll end with another Japanese beauty – in honour of the Olympic Games. This one is in Kyoto. From

10 thoughts on “Friday Fun: Shady Spots in Gardens”

  1. That wisteria is gorgeous! I have a shady back garden and a broad streak of optimisim which has led to more money than I care to think about spent on plants that were clearly unsuited to it.

  2. Wouldn’t mind any of these, though I’m not crazy about the cloisters. The Japanese ones are beautiful in their (apparent) simplicity.

  3. This is the first time I’ve actually been to a place in your Friday Fun posts & I feel quite giddy 😁 Petworth House is lovely, the grounds are beautiful. Now I just need to visit all these other lovely places…

  4. Oh, those gardens are lovely, Marina Sofia! They’re a real nourishment to the soul. My choice is the Japanese garden, but the others are also beautiful and restful.

  5. Always love spending time in Japanese gardens and for cloistered gardens may I recommend the various gardens at the Cloisters, the Metropolitan Museum’s medieval branch?

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