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Through The Garden Gate: The Wadleys’ Garden
June 8 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hosted by Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards
This rural garden, situated on a 20+ acre horse farm with magnificent views of the Southwest Mountains, is a result of many transitions since its humble beginnings 30 years ago. Trial and error, plants out-growing their spaces, right plants in the wrong spots (and vice versa), changing weather and the time available to develop and maintain it have driven many of the redesigns.
Beginning with one existing tree, the garden now contains more than 50 varieties. Oaks, elm, pine, tulip poplar, dogwood, paw-paw, birch, beech, sycamore, magnolia, linden, blackgum, sweetgum, cherry, parrotia, cedar and maples of all kinds are just some of the specimens to be seen. It was the selecting, planting and watching these trees develop that inspired Patience Wadley to become a certified Charlottesville Area Tree Steward (CATS).
The many trees are complemented by dwarf conifer beds, boxwoods, a shade garden and perennial plantings that integrate many types of herbaceous, tree and intersectional hybrid (Itoh) peonies.
Adapting the garden to perform well in all four-seasons remains a work in progress. Plans are being made to develop a prairie garden and expand the organic vegetable plots– all aided, of course, by unlimited quantities of compost from the stables along with leaves and lawn clippings.
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