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The Garden Door To Nowhere

Fantasy & Magic in the garden…

Ever since seeing this image of Karen’s Crafts “Door to Nowhere,” I have wanted one of my own.

wreathed door in the forest, and my inspiration

Transported willing and quietly by my husband, Tractor Man, to our new property in the foothills of California, I now also have a bit of ‘nowhere’ in which to work. These elements add up to tell a story of a door literally to nowhere!


My door stash behind the shed

As you can see, I have a ready stash of old doors, picked up one by one from Friday’s Trash Day in the suburbs.


Playing with my Flea Market junkola


Painted a deep red, the door takes on dimension

Every garden needs a door, even if it leads to nowhere. Your door can look as if it leads somewhere or can act as a garden background. A door to Nowhere recalls memories of forbidden but tantalizing entryways as in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, a popular book by C.S. Lewis.


My version of a 'Door to Nowhere'


Dean McCall's faded blue screen door



Heather Fowler's door makes you wonder


Jeanne Sammons's teal colored door

The imaginary door stops the eye as well as delights it, as a garden folly should do. Wikipedia says it best, “in architecture, a folly is a building constructed primarily for decoration, but suggesting through its appearance some other purpose, or appearing to be so extravagant that it transcends the range of garden ornaments usually associated with the class of buildings to which it belongs.”  We trade extravagance for rusticity and a garden aire.

Marie Wirth's door in the corner

Door anchors: How to install your door

  • 4×4 posts
  • A tree
  • A fence
  • Sturdy metal stake

Colleen McKeon's double doors


Sandra Perciful's woodland door

A Dream Within A Dream

On a mountain, high in the Northern Limestone Alps, located in Bavaria, Germany, sits a lone door. Photographer James Hilgenberg captured this stunning shot of the entrance way as it leads to a view of breathtaking beauty.

James Hilgenberg's photo of a door in the German alps

“I saw this door in the Alps this year,” he wrote on National Geographic’s Your Shot website. “Thinking about words to the picture a Beatles song came to my mind. ‘Nowhere Man’ could be living behind this door.

“Now I came across the perfect song to this picture: The Alan Parsons Project, A Dream Within A Dream. ‘All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream. ‘ We come to the world from nowhere to, in the end, go nowhere.”

Would you like a door to nowhere in your garden?  With these ideas,…just begin!

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