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Through The Garden Gate: Amy Lewis’s Garden
September 14 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hosted by Rivanna Garden Club
Amy and her husband, Reid Humphries, bought their 11 ½ acre parcel in 2008. In March 2010, they moved into their “empty nester” house and began to develop the property. Hitting rock denied them a basement but provided a vast amount of stone that they used to build several stone walls.
Above the 82’ long stone wall is a small orchard, vegetable garden, chicken house and barn, all built by Reid. Below the house, large existing boulders were incorporated into another stone wall that provides the perfect backdrop for a mixed perennial and shrub border.
Further down is a dry stream bed where ferns, bulbs, Virginia bluebells and woodland phlox have naturalized. Above the stream bed is a steep hillside garden stabilized using native shrubs, grasses and perennials. Several paths meander through the hillside that take you to a 3 ½ acre meadow, now in its sixth season. A challenge to establish, it has been the most fulfilling garden on the property. Paths mowed through the meadow make for a magical place to wander while enjoying the diversity of birds, butterflies, bees and the extraordinary mountain views.
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