From the Garden
Wonderful News: The Demonstration Garden is a reality! Sally Harman, the Rappahannock Valley Garden Club Conservation and Preservation Chair who designed the beds for Friends of Chatham, came to the garden in mid-April and met with Gardener Scott Blake and Board Members Nancy Fahy and Carol Hyland. From that meeting, a plan for the first phase of planting emerged. The National Park Service graciously agreed to provide the plant materials and action began. First to be planted were 36 peonies of three different varieties to anchor the beds. Asters, daylilies, lupine, and salvia were purchased and added to the beds, and Sally Harman donated foxgloves that she raised in her nursery. All of the plant varieties used had been included in the original plans for the Chatham’s Gardens which were created by prominent landscape architect Ellen Biddle Shipman in the early 1920s. The Demonstration Garden is only in its infant stage with much more planting and growing to come, but it is adding beauty to the gardens and showing hints of its promise.
Elsewhere in the garden, the perennials in the walkway beds are putting on their summer show. The parterre beds are filled with red and white vinca and blue dwarf morning glory in a symmetrical design created by gardener Scott Blake. The rectangular beds near the Summer House have plantings of various summer annuals including marigolds, salvia, vinca and mandevilla. It is a show of beautiful colors in a peaceful and pleasant setting and well worth a visit.
Volunteers continue to work in the garden each Wednesday morning. If you would be interested in helping or would like more information, contact volunteer coordinator Carol Hyland at firstname.lastname@example.org.