Our jaunt to Eureka Springs in north-central Arkansas brought an unexpected find:
I read about this site (on the National Register) and felt it would be a must-see for me. It seems that an enterprising woman designed her home to 'bring nature inside'....and 'rocked' the outer walls with concrete bricks studded with her rock collection.
Over the past sixty years, the shrubs she planted have grown to fill the two-story-high beds inside the glass windows on the front and side of the home. The interior of the house also features unusual displays of her collections of butterflies, arrowheads, marbles, and more, often mounted in combination
The yard is lushly planted with shrubs, trees, perennials, and annuals, and many concrete structures (arches, bird-baths, pots, and other useful shapes) are also studded with her collection of shells, minerals, fossils, and pretty rocks.
This was just a delightful find, and I was enchanted by the house and grounds. Husband was visibly nervous, no doubt thinking about my large collection of rocks and shells...... Quigley's Castle was my favorite spot in all of Eureka Springs.