The garden of Christopher Mello is fast becoming a West Asheville landmark. These older, close to down town neighborhoods are seeing a resurgence of new life and new activity. It is fitting that a man born and raised in these very neighborhoods on the west side of the French Broad River that splits Asheville in half is part of this new life.
Christopher is a passionate and professional gardener who has added artist to his repertoire. Many a gardener has an artists eye.
Shovelhenge marks the spot.
The dump truck arena might lure the playful inside.
A decade long determination in natural plant selection is worthy of close inspection and taking a few notes.
Behold the Blue Pearl poppies.
Reds and blues dominate the garden in foliage and bloom. In certain light this color combo becomes a force of its own. How many gardeners can pull off such a ruthless and determined accomplishment?
I have seen Christopher's garden many times over the last several years. The one thing I know for sure about it is that it is constantly changing.
This is truly gardening as delightful play and experimentation with a sculptor's eye for form, texture and color.
The next time I visit Christopher's garden I am sure to see something new.