Midday in the Garden of Good and Evil………

OK. So I took literary license with the book and movie “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” So sue me WordPress. My point is, Savannah isn’t privy to the only garden of good and evil, because I pass another one almost every day.

Here in Virginia Beach, there is a walking trail which stretches 6.1 miles along Broad Bay and through First Landing State Park. (As an aside, First Landing State Park is so named because it is where the Jamestown settlers first set foot in America before they made their way into Chesapeake Bay and up the James River to Jamestown.) As the trail finally exits the park it continues further through some residential areas. It is here where the mysterious garden looms.


While this part of the trail is also picturesque with overhanging live oaks and well manicured lawns and lovely houses, it is also home to a house with a dense flower and vegetable garden and an impressive array of scarecrows. As you look at the picture above you must be wondering what I am referring to. However, left center is a bigger-than-life Spider-Man, dead center is a bigger-than-death skeleton, while right center is a mermaid of sizable proportions. See them? If you click on the picture a couple of times, you will see them start to materialize. Can you see Spider-Man’s leg? Worry not, he’ll show up again.

As this is one of my favorite walking places, I pass by without much thought to the strange figures that inhabit this innocuous looking garden. But it finally occurred to me that the uniqueness of these creatures should be shared on the blog. Most all walkers stop to gawk on their first time encounter.

Below are close-ups to give you a better idea. The owners are often out tending to things, but I’m afraid to approach them…..you know, voodoo and all that…..







Oh, and by the way, I see birds and squirrels in there all the time. I don’t think they have seen those horror movies yet.

19 thoughts on “Midday in the Garden of Good and Evil………

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  2. What fun and a beautiful walk too. My daughter Connie’s paternal grandmother’s family (Warren and my EX in-laws) landed near there in the early seventeenth century. I will ask her if she knows who the skeleton might be or found his name on Ancestry.com. Dianne

  3. We have a sculpture garden near us which houses all kinds of weird an wonderful creatures, very like yours…. I remember passing by it years ago and exclaiming…is that a boat in their garden? On closer inspection there was much more than just a strange tugboat….my favourite was a 15ft skeleton straight from the film Alien, and some wonderful mirrors, they had a lot of comic items too which lightened the otherwise eeriness of the place. I have always meant to go back and get one of their nesting boxes for my dad, appropriately named ‘tit boxes’ not just for the breed of birds they were designed for!
    You should stop and chat with the garden owners…. The people in the UK now charge for entry & make a living from visitors interested in a closer look at their art

  4. Spoooooooky Good thing you took closeups. I was able to locate these creepy things but it took some work….and a larger screen than the Acer. Am in the library now. Wonder if these people will add anybody else…..eeekkkk

  5. Shiver me timbers! That is one weird garden…it is attractive in a strange sort of way..I wonder what it looks like at night

  6. You live an adventurous life there in the wilds of Virginia Beach. Please share if you ever dare approch the owner to ask why Spiderman and not a garden gnome.

    • I have the feeling he is some kind of metallurgist who would like nothing more than to change me into a cast-iron scarecrow to add to his garden.

  7. That is quite the unusual city garden. Good thing you blogged about it. Now we can get to the bottom of the mystery.

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