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  • Anne Nenninger (Wednesday, October 03 18 12:08 pm EDT)

    Lesley & Tom,
    Thank you so much for your hospitality yesterday. We loved touring your beautiful gardens and seeing the results of your hard work! Best wishes, Anne, Program Chair, Rappahannock Garden Club

  • Karen Fleming (Wednesday, October 03 18 12:06 pm EDT)

    Dear Lesley,
    What a splendid day at Birdsong Pleasure Garden. We are pleased that you are doing the program presentation for our garden club. Let's definitely stay in touch. Lots of special wishes, Karen, Five Hills Garden Club, Vienna, Virginia

  • Lisa M. (Monday, August 13 18 04:03 pm EDT)

    What a beautiful place and the owners couldn't be nicer or more inviting! We had a great tour with Tom who took his time taking us around the property and sharing their gardens with us. You need to contact them first before going but they respond quickly (we contacted them through Facebook messenger- we got a response within an hour). I would love to come back with my kids and take them around and enjoy picnic lunch too!

  • Diane Mattis (Sunday, July 08 18 05:04 pm EDT)

    Dear Lesley and Tom,
    I was with the group from the Delaware Center for Horticulture who toured your lovely garden earlier in June. There was so much to see, so much to learn and so much to "oooh and ahh" over! You have done such a wonderful job of showing off so many of Mother Nature's treasures, including your vegetable garden. I ust confess it made me a bit envious! And even more envious to see the view you have when you pick up your mail. Thank you so much for this glimpse into your very productive lives! Sincerely, Diane Mattis, Havertown, Pennsylvania

  • Missy Hoak (Sunday, July 08 18 04:57 pm EDT)

    Tom and Lesley
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful garden with our Valley Eye Clinic group - a bright part of our day! We appreciate your hospitality very much, Missy

  • Missie Diebert (Sunday, July 01 18 07:57 pm EDT)

    Dear Tom and Lesley,
    What a lovely afternoon in your absolutely beautiful gardens! You've inspired us all to go home and plant something. Being in nature is healing a your kindness is uplifting. Thank you so much for the invitation.
    Missie and the staff at Valley Eye Clinic, Luray

  • Mary Malter & Red Hat Ladies (Sunday, July 01 18 07:47 pm EDT)

    June 22, 2018
    to :The Mack's & the Garden Club,
    Thank you for opening your garden and sharing with with us. We experienced such beauty and wonderment as we strolled through your labor of love.
    The serving of tea added to our experience along with the delicious cakes & cookies made it most memorable. You truly made us feel special with your friendly conversation and hospitality.

  • Adelheid Osmer, South Court Inn (Sunday, July 01 18 07:43 pm EDT)

    June 19, 2018
    Dear Lesley & Tom,
    Thank you so much for opening your garden to me and all the other folks this last Saturday. What a truly incredible space you have created thru the labor of your hands. What a refuge!

    In my wildest dreams my garden looks like that as well!

  • Marcia Stephenson, Delaware Center for Horticulture (Sunday, July 01 18 07:37 pm EDT)

    Lesley & Tom,
    Thank you both so much for hosting our group's bus tour (Delaware Center for Horticulture) for a garden visit. It was wonderful to see your garden during the spring season! Everyone really enjoyed their visit. We would like to book a visit for a group next year, June, 2019.

  • Val Story (Tuesday, May 22 18 12:17 pm EDT)

    Dear Lesley and Tom,
    Thank you so much for opening your gardens for Cedar Run Garden Club. I heard many positive, wonderful things about your gardens.
    You have a beautiful place, lunch (at the Mimslyn) turned out fine, too.
    Walter says thank you, too. Fondly, Val Story

  • Clancey Arnold, Luray-Page County Chamber of Commerce (Wednesday, April 11 18 03:42 pm EDT)

    Dear Lesley , I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for sharing your beautiful Birdsong Pleasure Garden with us. We had such a lovely time. It was such a pleasure to experience the garden through your eyes. What you and your husband have created is beyond amazing...glorious if you will!

  • Marcia and Rob (Saturday, February 24 18 12:34 pm EST)

    Lesley and Tom,
    Rob and I wanted to thank you for such a fun visit to your garden. What a beautiful space you've created. Loved seeing all of your planting areas, evergreens, art and places to relax and take it all in. The views of the mountains in the distance are spectacular! We look forward to our next visit in 2018.

  • Elizabeth and Richard Fitt (Saturday, February 24 18 12:31 pm EST)

    Dear Lesley and Tom, We so enjoyed strolling through your gardens and visiting with you. You have such a wonderful variety of perennials, shrubs, and trees, a real treasure trove of plant friends. It was quite a learning experience for us in so many ways...the garden rooms, the inviting and private areas...What a creative way to garden and such fun for visitors.

  • Edith J. Carrier Arboretum and Botanical Gardens at JMU (Monday, December 04 17 06:03 pm EST)

    Edith J. Carrier Arboretum and Botanical Gardens at JMU
    September 18

    We hope to see you at our Fall Plant Sale! Thanks again for the lovely tour of your gardens! What an inspiring, restful visit!

  • Stacey Jolene (Saturday, November 04 17 02:30 pm EDT)

    An absolutely beautiful place! We really enjoyed walking through the gardens. Leslie and Tom are very gracious hosts and extremely knowledgeable. We learned a lot and appreciate the time they took to answer all of our questions and share their passion with us. Would highly recommend visiting them.

  • Lynn Fulling (Saturday, November 04 17 02:29 pm EDT)

    A very special garden, tended by a kind knowledge couple. Thank you for creating this beautiful space and sharing it with us.

  • Karen Rice (Saturday, November 04 17 02:28 pm EDT)

    Lesley, Thank you for your hospitality. We all thoroughly enjoyed touring your beautiful gardens and came away inspired. Karen

  • Billye Stevens (Wednesday, August 30 17 10:25 pm EDT)

    Thank you again for your graciousness yesterday, May 15, to me in making it so easy to tour your lovely Birdsong Pleasure Garden, and the Open House was a special treat. You both have done a remarkable job and make it special to share it with others.

    I look forward to visiting with you in the fall.

    Keep on keepin' on. 😅


    Billye Stevens

  • Dolores Drury (Wednesday, August 30 17 10:15 pm EDT)

    Hi and thank you Lesley. Our visit to your 'paradise' garden was a highlight of our anniversary getaway!

  • Bill Oakley (Wednesday, August 30 17 10:13 pm EDT)

    Lesley, Tom,

    Thank you for the pictures!

    We so enjoyed our time with you and the VIP treatment for Mom in particular.

    The Swiss chard was delicious!

  • Linda (Wednesday, August 30 17 07:18 pm EDT)

    Hi Lesley
    Thank you ! We had a,great time! You guys do so much work! We are finding lots of interesting things ! Warmest regards Linda. Ken Ike fonzie

  • Robbin Jo (Monday, July 17 17 01:09 pm EDT)

    Thank you so much for having me over to see your gardens. They are just unbelieeable and so wonderful - a true hidden treasure in Luray. It was such a treat to see the "bare bones" picture, and the amazing result of all your work. I learned a few things - I do want a bald cyperss - something I've "waffled on" for years; sawdust makes an outstanding path, and on so many acres a golf cart is a must! Your property is amazing and it is so nice that you happily share it with everyone.

  • Suzanne Boag (Monday, July 17 17 01:02 pm EDT)

    Thank you so much for opening up your home and garden to the Master Gardeners for our June Association Meeting. It was a beautiful day and on behalf of NSVMGA, thanks for the personal tours of Birdsong Pleasure Garden, truly a labor of love!

  • (Saturday, May 06 17 06:50 pm EDT)

    Glad to be one of many visitors on this awesome web site

  • BHW (Sunday, April 23 17 02:59 pm EDT)

    Great info. Lucky me I found your website by accident
    (stumbleupon). I've saved it for later!

  • JoAnn Pendley (Monday, April 10 17 09:46 am EDT)

    JoAnn Pendley

    You have "made my day"! I just finished looking at your on-line information and clearly Birdsong Pleasure Garden is exactly the type of "Must See Garden" that I was looking for.

  • Ann Avondale (Wednesday, January 18 17 11:57 am EST)

    Ann Avondale reviewed Birdsong Pleasure Garden — 5 star
    January 14 at 11:43pm ·
    We loved exploring The Birdsong Pleasure Garden this weekend. I was surprised how many things were in bloom even in January! The trees were showing off their leafless limbs: some twisting, some smooth, some peeling bark like old books. Little sculptures came out of hiding and the pine forest took center stage with its many different kinds of evergreen needles. We learned the names of many winter blooming flowers and shrubs and watched the birds feasting at the feeders. All this surrounded by majestic mountains and rolling farm hillsides. It was a truly relaxing and refreshing day!

  • Robbin Jo Holland (Sunday, June 26 16 03:08 pm EDT)

    Thank you Lesley & Tom, your gardens are unbelievable and so wonderful - a true hidden treasure in Luray. It was such a treat to see the "bare bones" picture, and then the amazing result of all
    your work.

  • Sam Watkins (Wednesday, June 08 16 06:43 pm EDT)

    Thank you Lesley & Tom for the warm Luray hospitality and the tour of your beautiful garden. We look forward to our next visit.

  • Laura Kresse (Wednesday, June 08 16 06:41 pm EDT)

    I am awed by the hard work and dedication and the beauty!!

  • Pj Falter (Wednesday, June 08 16 06:35 pm EDT)

    Pj Falter
    5starI had the most delightful day with Leslie showing me around the gardens. What a beautiful place to enjoy God's Presence through His creation. Thank you Leslie and Tom for all you have invested
    in this labor of love. It was quite a refreshing.

  • Old Fredricktown Garden Club (Monday, November 02 15 09:49 am EST)

    Dear Lesley,
    Thank you for the pleasure of enjoying your beautiful gardens! And, we so appreciate your hospitality. Our best to you.

  • Alison Coltrane (Tuesday, September 15 15 02:57 pm EDT)

    Hey Lesley!

    Thanks for your message. I just added a link to your beautiful place on my website.

    When you and Tom decide to venture into town, let me know so you can come and tour the hostel!

  • Wes Evans (Sunday, August 09 15 11:22 am EDT)

    It is always a blessing just to see the lovely the garden ya'll have built. Thank you for the grand tour we took of your garden. I'm still ah stuck, how beautiful it is.

  • Judy Peabody (Saturday, June 27 15 05:56 pm EDT)

    Thank you so very, very much for the wonderful tour. Thank you for what you do and the happiness it will bring to many.

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