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June 28, 2011 / Linda Hartong


Who can resist entering a secret garden? Certainly not “moi”. But I hardly expected to see one boldly announcing its name.

Can it still be a secret? Nevertheless, I love the Secret Garden walkway and courtyard next to The Pilgrim’s Way Bookstore. They are both owned and operated by Paul Fridlund and Cynthia Fernandes. They have created a lovely spot in the Secret Garden. I walk down the passageway admiring the pots already planted by a local designer.

She uses succulents and has a great eye for balance ,


and texture.

Ahead, I hear wind chimes and gurgling fountains.

I read many great messages along the way

and admire the garden statuary.

The center of the courtyard is a geodesic dome which shelters books, cards, music and jewelry.

When you are in Carmel next, drop in and

“Unstiffen your supple body.

Unchatter your quiet mind.


Unfreeze your fiery heart.”


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  1. Little Creek Veterinary Clinic / Jun 28 2011 2:58 pm

    The succulents are gorgeous! I have to figure out how to get mine to look like that. 🙂

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