West Asheville, NC

Linda and I had a great time last Saturday with our friends Tom and Bonnie. They invited us to visit a couple of garden spaces followed by dinner in West Asheville. What a great time we had.

We first visited a private home that has a garden, no it’s more than a garden, it’s a work of art. It is call Wamboldtopia. The flowers were beautiful, but the complimentary sculpture made the garden extremely special. The owners of the home seem to open the gardens to the public a couple of times a year. If you are in the Asheville area, this is a sight you don’t want to miss.

This view is from in front of the "Pirate's Parlor"

This view is from in front of the “Pirate’s Parlor”

Entrance to the rear gardens

Entrance to the rear gardens

Above the door it says "Listen to the Light".

Above the door it says “Listen to the Light”.

Tree sculpture on the wall of the house

Tree sculpture on the wall of the house

These miniature stairs which are protected by a miniature gargoyle and lead to a door are in a wall of the house.

These miniature stairs which are protected by a miniature gargoyle and lead to a door are in a wall of the house.

This block of inlaid sculpture is in the wall of the house.

This block of inlaid sculpture is in the wall of the house.

This space in the garden had the beautiful phlox, tulips and the decorated wall/fence.

This space in the garden had the beautiful phlox, tulips and the decorated wall/fence.

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Here is a small tower with an entry in the bottom of the sculpture

Here is a small tower with an entry in the bottom of the sculpture

This is a setting in the garden that has phlox, blue green grass, and dark purple tulips.

This is a setting in the garden that has phlox, blue green grass, and dark purple tulips.

This outhouse was located among the flowers.

This outhouse was located among the flowers.

Tulips in the garden

Tulips in the garden

I figure they must be a number of miniature people around living in this house.

I figure they must be a number of miniature people around living in this house.

Maybe these creatures carrying off the garden gnome live in the house.

Maybe these creatures carrying off the garden gnome live in the house.

The skeleton hangs from a beam that says "The Pirate's Parlor".

The skeleton hangs from a beam that says “The Pirate’s Parlor”.

As you can seem, there is continuing work on the lower house at Wamboldtopia.

As you can seem, there is continuing work on the lower house at Wamboldtopia.

We then went to another garden that I can only call the “Bottle Tree Garden” located at Westwood Place and Waynesville Avenue. As you look at the pictures, you can see why I think this is an appropriate name.

This is the best Blue Bottle Tree specimen that I think I've every seen.

This is the best Blue Bottle Tree specimen that I think I’ve every seen.

There was quite the proliferation of blue bottle trees.

There was quite the proliferation of blue bottle trees.

Our friends introduced this to the garden as the Dump Truck Gardens based upon this area. It is full of kids "truck" toys.

Our friends introduced this to the garden as the Dump Truck Gardens based upon this area. It is full of kids “truck” toys.

This tree, too, seems to be a hybrid. It has bottles, cages, and oranges.

This tree, too, seems to be a hybrid. It has bottles, cages, and oranges.

This appeared to be a hybrid tree. It had both blue and green bottles. I suspect it had been grafted.

This appeared to be a hybrid tree. It had both blue and green bottles. I suspect it had been grafted.

Green Bottle Tree

This is a beautiful specimen of a Red Bud tree.

This is a beautiful specimen of a Red Bud tree.

It seems that this is a sanctuary for house birds that escape and need a new place to live.

It seems that this is a sanctuary for house birds that escape and need a new place to live.

With Haywood Avenue in the background, you can see the variety of blues on this bottle tree. Bottle is a loose word as it was comprised of water bottles, plastic "exercise" bottles, and other items.

With Haywood Avenue in the background, you can see the variety of blues on this bottle tree. Bottle is a loose word as it was comprised of water bottles, plastic “exercise” bottles, and other items.

When we were done at the gardens, we stopped at the West Asheville Lounge and Kitchen or WALK. We had a picture of Oskar Blues’ Old Chub. What a great Scotch Ale.

Finally, we had dinner at The Admiral. I had wonderful things about The Admiral, but we haven’t had the opportunity to visit before now. WOW!, we had no idea what we were missing. I had a Dark & Stormy for a cocktail. It is a combination of rum and ginger beer (you may be familiar with a Moscow Mule, which is made with vodka instead of rum) and it was delicious. We had mussels for an appetizer in a broth that we didn’t want to let go, so we ordered some bread to dunk into it. I had steak tartare for dinner. What an amazing dish. It was served with a quail egg on top and paired with a 64 degree egg, cheese, siracha aioli, cornichons (pickles), and bread. It will be hard for me to order something else the next time we go, if this is on the menu again.

Here is how the Steak Tartare was served. It was a phenomenal presentation and was absolutely delicious.

Here is how the Steak Tartare was served. It was a phenomenal presentation and was absolutely delicious.

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