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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Garden week in Ashland Va. -- ( Pt. 1)

First I must say that the Ashland garden club made some of  the most beautiful floral arrangements.   Everything that was blooming in our area was in the arrangements. 

I wish I could show you the pictures of the homes inside,  but pictures were not allowed to be taken.

We went to several houses and gardens ,  so I will be posting those in days to come
Steve and I had a wonderful time touring gardens here in Ashland.  Beautiful vintage homes.
This one built in 1905 in the Neo - Classical style, over last thirty years this two story frame house has been renovated by the current owners.   Recently added is a wrapped porch with columns to the rear which duplicates the design of the original front porch., also introduced is  a "Charleston " style side entry.
A mixture of antiques - examples of Country, Hepplewhite, Victorian and Empire pieces.   The dining room has a 1905 Peking rug with a very large ornate gilded mirror.

    This is the back yard entrance

Lush beautiful greenery

 The old bicycle painted black is a nice touch in side yard

   look like chives planted here

You can see the tall asian statue on the porch in the corner
the screen for the porch is hidden until ready to use, it  can be raised or lowered to suit by remote

Down the steps are these wonderful candle lamps

Featured in the garden are rhododendron,  viburnum,  hydrangea and hellebores. 
Below is an  archway framed with lady banks roses and honeysuckle
to a  a shady- hidden garden framed by boxwoods
A nice quiet place to come and rest
center medallion is gargoyle

 flowers in pots on pedestals ,  windows , picnic tables

the shed is decorated with flowers too
2nd house is a wood frame Dutch Colonial built in 1912
Owners are Mathmatics professors at the college here -  Randolph Macon
renovations here included opening a 3rd story central staircase
original carved mantels in living room and dining room
Mathmatical artwork by the owners is found throughout the home
Again, no pictures of inside home were allowed

Not familiar with the type of windows here- 12 panes on top,  I like how they look on the home
pretty panseys in window boxes

garden art by owners

In the gardens are Peonies, Lancaster roses and hardy orchids
 the rambling cottage garden boast a   large collection of perennials
Many plants are pass alongs from friends and neighbors - I like exchanging plants with my friends, I try to record where they come from,  means a lot to me.
I purchased some butterflys like these at the strawberry faire here in Ashland. last May

colorful ornamentation placed in areas like this

windmill made from license plates

nice garden area along the fence - peas are grownig on the wooden trellis
 I didn't get to post the pictures of the chickens,  but yes there are some of those that live here and lay brown eggs

hit on Part two of garden week

More to come and Happy Sunday


  1. Hi Betsy: Beautiful homes. My most favorite thing to do, but like you said wish you could take pictures inside as well. Looking forward to seeing more..Happy Weekend..Judy

  2. what a beautiful home!!!

    love the subtle decorations!!

  3. Hi Betsy! How fun was that to see all of those houses. I bet it was fun going inside too, to bad you couldn't take photos. I'll be looking forward to seeing more. Have a great Sunday!

  4. I so enjoyed this tour of homes. Thanks for sharing them with us!


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