Gallery of Paths in Gardens - Take a Stroll with Me.

Pathway in a Japanese Garden to a neat little structure overlooking a pond.  This is one of those that you have to go and take a walk on, just to see where it goes.  A little mystery!
Pathway in a Japanese Garden to a neat little structure overlooking a pond. This is one of those that you have to go and take a walk on, just to see where it goes. A little mystery! | Source
Pathway through a larger garden, going under a bridge of trees and shrubs.
Pathway through a larger garden, going under a bridge of trees and shrubs. | Source

Gravel Path in an Iris Garden

People enjoying a colorful Iris Garden.  They are strolling along a gravel path lined with brick.
People enjoying a colorful Iris Garden. They are strolling along a gravel path lined with brick. | Source
I love this path, its really two paths in one!  Large flat stepping stones among gravel, leaving to a wooden path next to a pond.
I love this path, its really two paths in one! Large flat stepping stones among gravel, leaving to a wooden path next to a pond. | Source
Large flat stepping stone path in grass, leading to a mysterious place maybe?  I love the Japanese statue there.  These are great paths that don't wear out your grass too.
Large flat stepping stone path in grass, leading to a mysterious place maybe? I love the Japanese statue there. These are great paths that don't wear out your grass too. | Source

Paths and Pathways in Gardens

There is something special about pathways in gardens, and that has always been the case with me since I was a very young girl. This hub is showing some examples of pathways in gardens to possibly spur on ideas for our own gardens, or just to take an imaginary stroll. Anyone that knows me even a little bit, knows I am a garden lover. Maybe the fact that I love paths in gardens naturally flows out of that. I think there is something whimsical, and a little adventurous about pathways in gardens. Especially ones that curve around and invite you to keep coming further in.

Many of the images that I have of paths in gardens are actually stored in my mind, easily retrievable. I wish I could share those with you! They are the coolest ones of all, though I always love to see more gardens with paths in them.

Going back to when I was a rather young girl, I think of my grandmother's house and the neighbors she had next door. They were avid gardeners. Both the front and backyard had extensive gardens even without a lot of property. I don't know quite how they did it, but they did. It was like a mini maze, a path of lovely joys that wove you in and out of trees and flowers and shrubs. They included many stepping stones. These areas naturally drew my cousins and myself in on occasion. They were such nice neighbors, they didn't ever mind us playing in the front in their garden. I think it made them happy. I wish I could completely convey the joy we both had, running and playing along the little stepping stone paths there. You could find us with big smiles on, playing tag or singing a little song. Perhaps this is where my love of garden paths really came from, or originated from. It would make sense to me!

At my own house growing up, we had a side gate that seemed to lead into a kind of path through a garden. There was an apple tree, and lots of flowers and shrubs and a few herbs growing there, like mint. I loved this area.

Going to the beach at well, in Southern California or also one shopping place my grandmother used to take us not far from the beach, there were lovely paths and stepping stone gardens intertwined with koi ponds! Who could blame a kid for loving these kinds of paths! So from everything from a corn maze kind of path, to a more elaborate stepping stone path in a koi pond garden, I guess I have enjoyed paths in gardens for a very long time. There is probably not a chance that would change anytime soon!

Paths in my own gardens include only a couple of really small paths. I love them though! For instance walking up to my house is a little path that goes through some shrubs and a Japanese Maple tree to the porch. In my backyard, I have a butterfly garden, that we chose some special large stones, as stepping stones and curved them through the garden there. I love those paths even though small!

In these photos you will find paths in different gardens that I enjoy visiting on occasion. They include the St. Louis Botanical Garden, A Japanese Garden, An Iris Garden, and much more. The types of paths are made up of larger and smaller stones, gravel, wood planks and paved paths. You will see a more unique description under each photo. I hope to see many more paths in my lifetime, whether into man made gardens, or woodland gardens, etc. There is nothing else quite like discovering a new path.

A type of path, that definitely draws you in.  You can't help but want to walk on it.  Neat design from a Japanese Garden.
A type of path, that definitely draws you in. You can't help but want to walk on it. Neat design from a Japanese Garden. | Source
Another lovely stone path, and I love it because of both the flowers, edging and leading to a bench.  It has that curve that is so alluring in a path!
Another lovely stone path, and I love it because of both the flowers, edging and leading to a bench. It has that curve that is so alluring in a path! | Source
Path on a shallow incline, so the stones act as steps.  This is in a rock garden.  It has some curve to it as well, and makes you want to walk up the rocks.
Path on a shallow incline, so the stones act as steps. This is in a rock garden. It has some curve to it as well, and makes you want to walk up the rocks. | Source

I think curvy paths are fun in gardens

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Another Curvy Path that draws one in.

Another curvy path, this time in an Iris Garden in Spring.  It makes one want to follow the path.
Another curvy path, this time in an Iris Garden in Spring. It makes one want to follow the path. | Source

One of my favorites, one I would like to replicate

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mary615 5 years ago from Florida

Reminds me of "The Secret Garden". You have toured some beautiful places, and have done some great photography. I sure hope you win with these great Hubs. You deserve it! A fellow flower friend, Mary


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Awesome photos! Voted up. I'm not sure which I enjoyed more-your commentary or the photos of the gardens. Very cool.


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

How lovely that so many of the paths you have taken led though these beautiful gardens! Thanks for sharing your exquisite garden photographs!


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oceansnsunsets 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Mary, I loved that book, and you just made my day sharing that about the Secret Garden! I really appreciate having you as a fellow flower friend, aren't they the best? I can never get enough of gardens and flowers. :) Thank you so very much for the visit and comment.

Denise, thank you! That means a lot to me, and always love hearing from you and enjoy your visits. :)

Stephanie, I am so happy to share them, it is a true joy for me when I have time to do it. There is nothing quite like gardens and gardening, something very special about it. So glad you stopped by and left your comment, I appreciate it! :)


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

I enjoyed your tour of garden paths. My favorite was the Japanese plank path over water.

I also liked the narrative and memories of when you were growing up.

Thanks so much for sharing these beautiful photos. Voted up, awesome, beautiful and interesting.


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Enlydia Listener 5 years ago from trailer in the country

I love pictures of garden paths. I often use paths in my guided imagery sessions. A path will lead you somewhere...and there is excitement in what you will find around the corner.


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oceansnsunsets 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Happyboomernurse, I appreciate your comment, and sharing what parts you liked. :) Thanks so much for visiting my hub on garden paths. Thanks also for your votes!

Enlydia Listener, so glad you also like garden paths. That sounds very interesting, to use paths in the imagery sessions. It's a great way to escape or explore, going along little paths in gardens or different places. Thanks for your visit! :)


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DON BALDERAS 4 years ago

Life is a garden and garden is life. And I'm in love with these beautiful gardens showing me how beautiful life is. Thank you for sharing these pictures and gardens.


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oceansnsunsets 4 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hello Don, I think that gardens do show us just how beautiful life can be, that is so true! Thank you for viewing my articles and photos, and it makes me so happy you like them!

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