At first appearance, David and Sandra have a normal suburban home in Stourport, Worcestershire in the UK.
Once one stumbles on over to their back yard though, it feels like a portal has opened up to an entirely different, ‘tropical’ location.
They originally made the quaint semi-detached their home in early 2016 and found their garden to be rather underwhelming.
2 and a bit years later, £12,000 ($15,200) and a little hard work has left their garden almost unrecognizable.
The center piece boasts a pond containing 40 Koi fish and the entire garden is surrounded by 80 palm trees and various tropical plants.
There are specially designed pathways which offer and ‘immersive experience’, a higher level used from excavated soil and it’s nothing short of a fantasy, something Mr. Traynor was adamant about.
He said: “Our neighbour’s thought we were a bit bonkers when we started. Now they think it’s marvellous. When people see the garden for the first time they usually say ‘oh my god’.
“The whole point was to put something together that was our personal fantasy.
“I’ve always been into gardening but we’ve never had a proper space to do what we wanted. We were really excited about moving into a house with such a blank slate for the garden.
I worked out a detailed plan of the garden before we moved in. It’s taken us about two years to transform it from just a lawn.
“Our aim was to create our own tropical styled fantasy, but to make it look and feel almost as natural as a tropical forest clearing but in the heart of Worcestershire.”
The garden is filled with plants the Traynors are extremely proud of what they have accomplished.
David said: “Three years on, the garden is now full to bursting with tropical plants from all across the world, all tightly planted to create a dense layered and natural feel.
“We wanted our tropical garden to be an immersive experience, where we walk down narrow pathways, whilst brushing past plants that dwarf us.
“The main advantage of this style of garden is that even in the depths of winter, it is always lush and verdant. Couple this with the fact that we hardly have to do any weeding.
“It can be a lot of work, but it is definitely worth it, as we both spend more time in the garden than in the house.”
I honestly cannot hold it against them..
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