The Jordan Garden (above) is one of two properties in the Merry Point area. Two gardens are on Yankee Point Road and another is in Millenbeck.
Tour sites include include The Jordan Garden on Yankee Point Road, The Jacobsen Garden on Yankee Point Road, The Tutt Garden on Town Creek Lane, The Hood Garden on Mariner Drive and The Hoffman Garden on Laurel Cove, reported publicity coordinator CJ Carter. Tour hours are 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 on tour days. Tickets may be purchased at The Dandelion, The Pedestal, The Box Boutique, Wildest Dreams, or Shoppe for Haven’s Sake. Use zip code 22503 for GPS coordinates, or call 333-1099 ext. 12.
The Jordan Garden, a creation of Abe’s (shortened from her Dutch name Aebeltje), with the help from husband Chris, grew out of their desire to enhance a view of the Corrotoman River where it divides into the eastern and western branches, said Carter. Removing underlying brush and limbing up trees was their first order of business after purchasing the property in 2000. Choosing the right shrubs and perennials for their colors, textures, foliage and shape, would become Abe’s next challenge.
“Discovering what plants would prosper in what location was a trial and error process,” said Abe. “Right plant, right place became my mantra.”
A northside border that abutts a wooded property line showcases several fern varieties interspersed with Camillias, Spirea and ground covers selected for their foliage. The riverside borders include paths that wind through groupings of Kerria Japonica, Hypericum, Bee Balm, Hydrangea, Salvia, and Lantana, just to name a few. Rain barrels collect most of what Abe uses for hand watering.
The Jacobsen Garden is a one-half-acre property fronting Myers Creek. A more contemporary garden, with grasses, limited lawn and massed perennial plantings, the owners Carol and Lee have worked diligently at making their waterfront property bay-friendly, said Carter.
One of their first projects was to redirect rainwater from the roof of their one-story home, and send it to the more intensely planted areas of the garden. They installed a rain garden which serves as a nursery as well. Pavers and concrete patios have been replaced with eco-friendly wooden decks and gravel walkways in an attempt to control runoff into the creek.
On the south side of the house, native growth has been allowed to flourish on the shoreline giving the property a more natural and private appearance from the water and a primarily green palate has been used so as to not distract from the views. Along the property lines, hydrangea, viburnum and grasses supplement an established hedge for a softer, more interesting property line and privacy.
The lawn has been configured into paths connecting areas that have been replaced with waves of color, shapes and textures.
Patsy and Bill Tutt’s property offers a view of the Robert O. Norris Jr. Bridge and Rappahannock River. They have a redesigned house and outdoor spaces that flow from one garden room to the next, said Carter.
The waterside garden sports structured terraces softened by mass plantings. Stonework retaining walls and steps are a must-see for those interested in hardscape ideas. The terraces lead to a lower level where a dry stream bed controls runoff from the rain. Several seating areas hidden among the plants invite relaxing and admiring the view. Each level offers a new vista and a new plant mix.
Old garden gates have been added for an interesting break to an otherwise pastoral view. A large red topped pergola makes a bold statement as it projects out over a patio. Complemented with red flowering plants, and red glazed earthenware pots, this is a very sophisticated “country” garden.
Bill and Patsy enjoy the crape myrtle, daylily collection, and Japanese maple specimens they have added over the years. What seems random placement of shrubs, trees and perennials gives this thoughtfully planned garden a very comfortable feel. A boxwood seating area and organic vegetable garden are on their lot across the road from the house.
The Hood and Hoffman gardens previously were previewed.
For those packing a picnic lunch, St. Mary’s Whitechapel at River and White Chapel roads, offers seating at their labyrinth and memorial garden, said Carter.
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