Free Union, VA and Greenville, VA (Charlottesville area)
Cole Burrell’s Bird Hill is a 10-acre pastiche of woodland, meadow and garden inspired by the beauty of the regional landscape. This collector’s paradise is designed to be viewed from the house, as well as to be viewed with the house as the garden’s centerpiece. Though natives make up the heart of the palette, plants from around the world blend together within the natural framework. Circular spaces are repeated throughout, inspired by landscape architect Jens Jensen who used them to “add order to the randomness of nature”. Shaded beds are filled to overflowing with sedges, ferns, bulbs, wildflowers, shrubs and flowering trees. In sunnier areas, temperate and tropical plants blend for a season long feast of foliage and flowers. Architectural salvage and re-purposed items are placed throughout the garden and potted plants abound.
At 2:00 pm (lunch on your own en route), we will visit the garden of Terry and Courtnay Daniels in Greenwood, VA. Ms. Daniels is a former board member of the Garden Conservancy and ran a small greenhouse with two partners in NJ while raising four children. She has created a series of garden rooms that surround the house in the style of an American country garden. Potomac Chapter members will join us for out visit to these two outstanding gardens. Special note: Members attending may wish to make arrangements to stay overnight in Virginia on Friday, April 25, in order to arrive at the garden in the morning; check out Harrisonburg or Culpeper. Side trips to Charlottesville and Monticello are worth exploring.
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