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Friday, May 31, 2013

Gardens in Chase (pt. one)

MacCallum More gardens and museum began in 1929. Five acres of herb, wildflower and rose garden with imported statues.   The Museum
 was not open the day we visited because of being closed on Mondays, but we did get to take in the gardens.
 The gardens were by Lucy Morton Hudgins, wife of Edward Wrenn Hudgins - The Virginia Supreme Court of appeals former Chief Justice.      These amazing gardens are a sight to behold.   A stately stone wall fence with a iron gate to the entrance.  
Located in the historic neighborhood in Chase City Va. in Mecklenburg County.
MacCallum  More is Scottish for "Home of the Clan".  Named by Mrs. Hudgins,  the home is two story colonial.

Garden is surrounded by stone  taken from the  surrounding countryside of old foundations and chimneys from18th and 19th century
top of stone fence

just inside gate

Interesting tree root,  looks like an alligator to me.

Commander William Henry Hudgins expanded the garden in the 1940's , 60's and 70's.  There are areas of the gardens that are dedicated to the Hudgins and Morton families.

Ivy and vinca covered areas.   Virginia landscape architect - Charles Gillette, consulted on design for the gardens.
 metal scroll archway

Imported from Europe and the Far East are many structures, fountains , statues and artifacts in the gardens and adornment for the walls.
A sweet little Dutch girl statue

rose garden
some info take from  - MacCallum More Museum and Gardens website.

sharing with Brambleberry cottage

Part two here

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Va artists

While touring around the town of Clarkesville VA . seeing the lovely homes,  we decided to stop at Lakeside Cottage.   Beautiful  Victorian with cozy wicker seating on porch.  Lovely grounds and plantings.
Inside was a treat.  We purchased several Christmas gifts, happy about that as that is 3 I can mark off of my list.

The artists who live here came out to greet us and a very nice couple.  I will show you a few pieces we purchased at the end of this post

This tree is in the front yard of the cottage

I haven't heard of a hackberry before.

Little pots of plants tucked here and there
The roses above were a purple and reddish color.  Very deep and rich color.

Here below are a sampling of homes in the area
I didn't get to see enough of the lovely old homes in the area,  will next time.
This one for sale in town,  an acreage but not sure how much.

Everywhere I looked , there was something that caught my eye.
How come I cannot get my roses to look like this?

As we were driving by I noticed the stone wall with plantings in front of the property in town.

Now for the art.  Steve liked this Carving in optical grade acrylic of maple leaves.   Mr. Hall mixes his own colors for his art pieces

He gave us a demonstration of how he carves each piece.  I could watch as long as he could carve, so interesting.
Intricate pieces

each one gift boxed with authenticity info.  check out the website for more photos of his collections
I am sharing with Common Ground's -Be inspired Friday
A picture of the Christmas cards painted by Mrs. Hall -click here
Happy Friday
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