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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Ashland Va. garden tour (pt 2)

A 4 room original  -  Elmont elementary school began in 1911.  (info taken from tour sheet)
Later in the 1960's  a new school was built and this one became an auction house and later two Richmond artists covered the outside like you see today with cedar shakes.    The two downstairs classrooms became a great room, bright vibrant colors with whimsical art touches.
Bead board wainscoting is featured in the foyer along with samplers  cross stitched by the owners , a early 19th century school desk also in foyer.
In the great room is a grand piano.      Local artist artwork adorn walls between original six foot windows.    A solarium that was added recently has wonderful carved birds and fabric art, and Audubon plates.
Upstairs is a  bedroom converted from a classroom.   A  Tuscan inspired bath room ,  I liked so much as it is bright with  looked to be sponge painted.    I didn't get to close and did not want to touch it.  


Planting with bell at the left side front of old school

side of home looking to front entrance -
Nice heavy hardware on the fence door
entrance to side yard - school desk holding plants - so cute.    A leisurly  walk for us as we stopped to look at every plant ,  every thing was placed and put together so well.
Steve likes this boxwood and flower plantings here with the gazing ball

living wreath

impatiens planted which in few weeks should fill it out

on way to deck area
Something I must do and that's give a clean space between home and plantings.   Don't want the mulch touching the house.

Pansies planted along deck fence ,  standing here looking toward home is this wonderful potting table with pots and other helpful garden tools

Deck wraps the home to side.   Steve gazing to back yard.

Rear of home

back to the porch area
Hanging candles,   I am sure they must cast a nice glow in the evenings.  Lush window boxes.
Vintage  decorated lunch box

Another pleasant area to rest

another walkway off to the side of deck area

Mosaic mirror
that's it for the garden tour
Part one can be viewed here  - Ashland garden part one

I am sharing with       No Minimalist Here
                                   Boogie board cottage

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