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Through The Garden Gate: Meredith Mercer Garden
September 8 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hosted by Charlottesville Garden Club
When Meredith moved to Charlottesville in2006, top on the list of criteria for a new home was having space for an extensive garden that she could develop from scratch.
With an overgrown and neglected yard to start with, Meredith hired a landscape designer and gardener. Together they began transforming the property one section at a time. Bringing In dozens of truckloads of soil and compost, along with landscape boulders and other materials, the garden evolved over several years. A large variety of trees, shrubs, and perennials were carefully selected from the best sources and Installed. With several “rooms” created, a visitor can stroll through the garden In many directions with each turn offering a new view and a different feel. The expansive garden includes a rockery, a kitchen garden, a water feature, sitting areas, nicely- groomed lawn spaces, mixed borders With paths, and steps connecting them all.
The landscape is neither a formal garden nor a woodland garden, but something else altogether. There Is a variety of plants Including a large collection of Japanese maples. Meredith’s garden Is more of a mini- arboretum. The end goal was always to create a landscape that looked and felt mature and well· established. By adding decent sized specimens and making a few strategic design decisions, the garden feels older than its 12 years.
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