Friday, June 25, 2010

Cats and Gardens, Westwood Cohousing, West Asheville



Last weekend hubby and I took a garden tour of West Asheviille. This one was Westwood Cohousing Community Garden - an environmentally friendly intentional community situated on four acres bordering Rhododendron Creek.



The main farm house still sits in its original location and the homes, gardens and community buildings cluster around it leaving two acres of woods untouched for all to use.



The lawn in front of the farm house is used as an outdoor common area as are the front yards of each home. The back yards are private and for the homeowners only and many abut the wooded trails behind. The community garden sits next to the farmhouse and is tended by all to provide fresh organic produce for the group. A small orchard of apple, pear trees, grapevines and blueberries add to the garden.





An elevated walkway spans the garden connecting the farmhouse area to the rest of the homes and the community buildings. Potluck dinners are common and open for all to join.



Each of the homes had lovely gardens in front - some with flowers, others had vegetables and all were so charming and eclectic!





A few cats roamed this lovely area, safe from traffic and other animals. These two sat in the shade of the porch of the farm house and enjoyed the attention they got!



This little Siamese mix greeted the new arrivals with a foot rub and then retired to the walkway area to sit it out in the shade.






I could see living here if I were older or single - it comes with a ready built community of like minded folks, who all work together to help each other out. If something needs fixing, someone else knows how to do it and it gets done. If you are not in good health, others are nearby to help. There seems to be a nice balance of working together and privacy - you can do either or both - whatever suits you.

Thanks for taking the tour today. I am participating in Camera Critters, Scenic Sunday and Today's Flowers so please do stop by and visit them!

21 comments:

LV said...

Glad you took us along on this great tour through your lens. It is a lovely place and one you could truly enjoy.

Old Kitty said...

What a wonderful community!! I love that they are near enough self-sufficient. I love how they seem to be custodians of the nature around them and of each other. It's a living breathing working community and it's all good!

The cats of course are the icing on this fresh and beauiful cake! Lovely.

Thanks for sharing.
Take care
x

wenn said...

lovely scenery..

eileeninmd said...

A lovely tour of the community. The flowers and garden are pretty. Cute kitties! Have a great weekend.

AL said...

Cute kitties are they! Aww look how sweet they are.

cat said...

What a great place. I wouldn't mind being greeted by that little cute kitty :)

Denise said...

Wonderful, I really enjoyed your photos. Lovely kitties!

An English Girl Rambles

Katia said...

How beautiful! What a lovely little community! Great photos of the kitties!

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lina@women's perspectives said...

I love your photos...thanks for sharing this lovely place...

clara said...

i like all the photos you took they are great!

Denise said...

I thoroughly enjoyed going on this walk with you today. What a lovely place for a stroll.
An English Girl Rambles

msdewberry said...

This looks like a beautiful place to go and visit. Very nice photos!!

Carver said...

Thanks for this tour of the beautiful community. Very beautiful flowers and gardens.

EG Wow said...

Sounds like a nearly perfect community!

i beati said...

relaxing lovely walk thanks for inviting me sandy

guild-rez said...

Cats and flowers, I love both!!
Thank you for sharing your pictures with me!!
Gisela.

Jama said...

What a lovely place to live in, I wouldn't mind staying there.

Heather said...

Your pictures are Beautiful!

NatureFootstep said...

nice place you show us. And I love the color of the last cat. :)

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