Monday, October 25, 2021

A garden hideaway

The garden hideaway is known as JDM or Jardin de Muntuerto. Tucked away in the outskirts of Perrelos in Carcar, the place is a haven of greens and blooms with bougainvilleas as the main attraction. Lawyer Anastacio “Jun” Muntuerto and wife Nora have created a kingdom of bougainvilleas in all varieties and colors in their expansive property.

At the entrance of the sprawling hideaway are two wooden gates framed by winding bougainvilleas. Once inside, rows and rows of date palms come into view and then the beautifully landscaped gardens unfold—bonsai bougainvilleas in blue and white pots, in huge jars, in plant stands lining the pathways, in cement flower baskets on the ground... yes, flowers, flowers everywhere!

Here and there are eye-catching garden accents like the heart-shaped trellis in red, airy bamboo gazebos, romantic loveseats, and more. In the midst of the vast wonderland is a chapel shaped like a cross with its own little garden bordered by hibiscus and bougainvilleas in a rosary formation. And then there is the Cross-shaped foliage (Golden Tops) in front which looks awesome when lighted up at night.

A tour of the lush premises (onboard a golf cart) found us passing through variegated African Talisay trees, blooming bougainvilleas of all kinds and hues, and twittering birds. Farther on was the bamboo patch (11 varieties more or less) swaying with the wind. Then there was the shady mango area with about 40 trees. All over the place are towering coconut trees.

The Muntuerto abode with its distinctive salakot-shaped roof sits at the far end of the property surrounded by trees and plants. Jun and Nora have kept busy keeping house and adding improvements to their domain.

The latest project they completed is the three-level (going down) guesthouse with a roof deck on the ground level and a swimming pool at the lowest level. It has beautifully furnished living/dining/ kitchen areas as well as three bedrooms with private baths. Each bedroom has a balcony which looks out to the “Bougainvillea Terraces.” Yes, the innovative couple has created terraces on the rolling terrain and filled them up with bougainvilleas. Can you imagine how it would look when the bougainvilleas are in full bloom?

With the clamor of garden enthusiasts and plant lovers to visit the place, this garden hideaway will soon become a garden getaway for family bonding, happy reunions, and destination weddings. How about it, Jun and Nora?


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