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Tyler, TX 75704
903-597-7421
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Mon-Fri 8am-5pm
Saturday 9am-5pm
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FOLLY
Serious Garden Whimsy at Breedlove's
Folly
Building gardens is a serious business, and one we've been about since 1927.  It takes lots of hard work, ingenuity and creativity.  It takes talented people who love what they do, and do it well:  day in and day out.  Some time ago, as Breedloves approached our 85th anniversary, we felt bent towards whimsy.  It was time to take the talents of our staff,  haul in literally tons of rock in all shapes and sizes, add some quirky fun and a few vintage pieces, all to build a folly.
But precisely what defines a folly?  In the strictest sense, it is a structure or building that has no purpose.....hence the name " folly".  It often seems out of place, or other- worldly.  One whose ornamental creation reflects a frivolous inclination to delight the senses.  All that to say, follies have existed in
garden settings for centuries.
Dotted throughout history, a very prolific ' folly-making' era occurred in the years 1700-1850, as wealthy landed gentry in England, France, Ireland and Scotland kept their yeoman busy during times of peace, famine, or after harvest.  These workmen were literally ' jack of all trades' who created and built garden edifices, from simple to elaborate.  Rock, stone and brick were the materials of choice. Many of these follies still stand today.  Enter ' garden folly' into your favorite device and
be prepared for enchantment.
The folly at Breedlove Nursery serves a purpose beyond sheer wonderment.  It displays the many different types of stone masonry we offer, as well as showing plant material in varying stages of maturity.  Nestled in a clump of trees, it offers relief from the summer sun. The folly consists of a crumbling, crenalated castle - keep, a  graham cracker like gnome's cottage ( occupied by our resident gnome, Sir Digweed), a curved stone wall, and bell tower.  It is landscaped with soft berms, windswept plantings, creeping vines and specimen evergreens.  Over the wall is a sheep's meadow, with the black one looking towards escaping.  Huge flagstone slabs leading to the gnome's cottage serve to make one feel small, as if entering a
wee, fairytale world.
Since building the folly, we have added a cistern fountain, a "Gloriette", (a little room often found in the woods), and a gothic stone entry gate surrounded by a rustic cedar " X" fence.  With a nod towards Mediterranean gardens, we have recently built a gravel and boulder garden with curved amphitheater seating, all built around our gnarly, historic Chinese holly,
now 60 years old.  
Building gardens is a serious business, and one we've been about since 1927.  It takes lots of hard work, ingenuity and creativity.  It takes talented people who love what they do, and do it well:  day in and day out.  Some time ago, as Breedloves approached our 85th anniversary, we felt bent towards whimsy.  It was time to take the talents of our staff,  haul in literally tons of rock in all shapes and sizes, add some quirky fun and a few vintage pieces, all to build a folly.
But precisely what defines a folly?  In the strictest sense, it is a structure or building that has no purpose.....hence the name " folly".  It often seems out of place, or other- worldly.  One whose ornamental creation reflects a frivolous inclination to delight the senses.  All that to say, follies have existed in garden settings for centuries.
Dotted throughout history, a very prolific ' folly-making' era occurred in the years 1700-1850, as wealthy landed gentry in England, France, Ireland and Scotland kept their yeoman busy during times of peace, famine, or after harvest.  These workmen were literally ' jack of all trades' who created and built garden edifices, from simple to elaborate.  Rock, stone and brick were the materials of choice. Many of these follies still stand today.  Enter ' garden folly' into your favorite device and be prepared for enchantment.
The folly at Breedlove Nursery serves a purpose beyond sheer wonderment.  It displays the many different types of stone masonry we offer, as well as showing plant material in varying stages of maturity.  Nestled in a clump of trees, it offers relief from the summer sun. The folly consists of a crumbling, crenalated castle - keep, a  graham cracker like gnome's cottage ( occupied by our resident gnome, Sir Digweed), a curved stone wall, and bell tower.  It is landscaped with soft berms, windswept plantings, creeping vines and specimen evergreens.  Over the wall is a sheep's meadow, with the black one looking towards escaping.  Huge flagstone slabs leading to the gnome's cottage serve to make one feel small, as if entering a wee, fairytale world.
Since building the folly, we have added a cistern fountain, a "Gloriette", (a little room often found in the woods), and a gothic stone entry gate surrounded by a rustic cedar " X" fence.  With a nod towards Mediterranean gardens, we have recently built a gravel and boulder garden with curved amphitheater seating, all built around our gnarly, historic Chinese holly, now 60 years old.  
Last year our folly making took us outside Tyler for a structure that included a two story castle turret overlook with spiral staircase , curved stone seating, bubbling jar stream bed, all accessible through rounded stone entry steps.  We nicknamed this project 'Narnia' because it felt as though we had walked through the wardrobe into another world.   It is the perfect setting for our client's social gatherings. 
Another project is drawn up and ready for construction as a garden destination.  A delicate chinoiserie structure will provide a magical ambience to an already beautiful property. 
While these grand, intricate creations may not be appropriate for every modern home and garden, a little whimsy is always welcome.  A pergola or stone structure, charming tree house or bubbling jar all provide respite from the grind of suburban life.  An elf among a mushroom patch can bring a smile to any curmudgeon's face!  Wander out to enjoy our folly, and please click on the slideshow for inspiration.
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Serious Garden Whimsy at Breedlove's
Last year our folly making took us outside Tyler for a structure that included a two story castle turret overlook with spiral staircase , curved stone seating, bubbling jar stream bed, all accessible through rounded stone entry steps.  We nicknamed this project 'Narnia' because it felt as though we had walked through the wardrobe into another world.   It is the perfect setting for our client's social gatherings. 
Another project is drawn up and ready for construction as a garden destination.  A delicate chinoiserie structure will provide a magical ambience to an already beautiful property. 
While these grand, intricate creations may not be appropriate for every modern home and garden, a little whimsy is always welcome.  A pergola or stone structure, charming tree house or bubbling jar all provide respite from the grind of suburban life.  An elf among a mushroom patch can bring a smile to any curmudgeon's face!  Wander out to enjoy our folly, and please click on the slideshow for inspiration.