Something to see here – garden mirrors

Spot the mirror 1.

Spot the mirror 1.


I have never been a fan of mirrors in the garden. But look at these in a small, private garden I visited in Auckland yesterday. It is owned by a retired couple and is not open to the public.
The trompe l'oiel of the world of garden mirrors

The trompe l’oiel of the world of garden mirrors


Spot the mirrors. I failed entirely to work out that they were mirrors until the owner made a comment that they often trick people and I then saw our reflections. Until that point, I had assumed the garden continued on and there was a further “garden room”, or maybe two, beyond. It is very cleverly done especially with the door opening in to the mirror – creating an effect akin to a trompe l’oiel. These installations were beautifully executed in their subtlety.

I am still not convinced that mirrors are a good idea in the hands of those less skilled but I may have to review my earlier blanket dismissal of them. I just have not seen them used well before and I think this is probably an exceptional example.

The bougainvilleas were repeated throughout the garden, carefully managed in small spaces and looking vibrant.

The bougainvilleas were repeated throughout the garden, carefully managed in small spaces and looking vibrant.

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2 thoughts on “Something to see here – garden mirrors

  1. jannaschreier

    That door butting up to the mirror is pure genius! I have never seen that before. Thanks for sharing – I will store that little gem away for possible future use.

    1. Abbie Jury Post author

      It WAS genius. And all the edges of the mirror were obscured so it had me completely fooled.Just a couple of elderly home gardeners who enjoyed their back yard but so clever.

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