Thursday, July 20, 2017  

Just Gardens: 12th Annual Garden Tour to Benefit Haven Shelter and Services


We are so excited to have the tour back this year. Last year, The Just Gardens Committee took a “pause to refresh” due to hurricane damage to several planned gardens. This year we are thrilled to present a wonderful tour of five magnificent gardens in Lancaster County.

The 2013 featured gardens are:

The Jordan Garden was created by Aebeltje (Abe) Jordan with help from husband, Chris. This charming cottage-style garden grew out of their desire to enhance the already pretty view into the Eastern Branch of the Corrotoman River. When they bought the house in 2000, the surrounding 3-acre grounds left much to be desired. They began by removing green brier, Japanese honeysuckle, and poison ivy. Abe spent the first winters studying to learn what would survive in the clay, sand, and mixed soils. Then, she slowly began planting. Variety — in plant height, leaf shape and color, flower color and seasonal interest — was her guiding concept. “Right plant, right place” was her mantra. Hurricanes and droughts wrought their mischief, but Abe just found a different “right plant” for the newly created environment. To the visitor strolling its paths, the resulting informal garden is pleasing in proportion and layout, offering a vast and interesting selection of plants.

The garden of Carol & Lee Jacobsen is evolving from a traditional one-half acre waterfront property to a more contemporary garden with grasses, limited lawn and massed perennial plantings. Original azalea foundation plantings have been moved out to the road. The lawn is now configured in paths to connect areas that have been replaced with waves of color, shapes and textures. Near the entrance, color is achieved by selecting plants with 3 or 4 season interest. Flowers in a full range of color emerge from spring through fall. On the south side of the house, native growth has been allowed to flourish on the shoreline, providing privacy and giving the property a more natural appearance from the water. A natural, primarily green palate is used so as not to distract from the views. Along the property lines, hydrangea, viburnum and grasses supplement the established hedge for privacy and a softer, more interesting property line. Rain water from the roof, which previously went into the river, has been redirected to the more intensely planted areas and a rain garden. The owners replaced most of the pavers and concrete patios with wooden decks and gravel walkways, thus making their waterfront property bay-friendly.

Patsy and Bill Tutt found this lovely property, with a gorgeous view of the Norris Bridge and the Corrotoman and Rappahannock Rivers in 2003. They have redesigned the house and garden to their taste and style to produce a delightful, unique home. The waterside garden has been sculpted with planted, structured terraces, which lead to a lower level where a dry stream bed controls runoff from the rain. There are several seating areas hidden among the plants to invite relaxing and admiring the view. Charming features, such as old garden gates, add interest to the plantings. The Tutts especially enjoy their crape myrtle, holly, daylily, and Japanese maple specimens. Red-flowering plants complement the red architectural elements on the water side of the house. Be sure to enjoy the boxwood seating area and Bill’s organic vegetable garden on their lot across the road from the house. This fascinating property presents a planned landscape with a seemingly random placement, which gives a comfortable, interesting feel.