The Herb Garden
This garden is placed near the house for use as culinary additions and medicinal purposes. The garden includes a fountain, an armillary sphere, and is laid out in triangular quadrants that are bordered with paths and shrubs.
The handmade pavers are reclaimed from a historic home in Luray.
The Veggie Garden
There are few things that are as satisfying to a home gardener, than to wander out to the vegetable garden to harvest, prepare and consume the fruits and veggies of their labor.
Successful vegetable gardening involves planning the garden, preparing the soil, and planting. We will be glad to share our knowledge with you.
The Bonsai and Shade Gardens
Our Bonsai Garden is influenced by the Japanese traditions of the beauty of nature. The elements of water, rock and vegetation give this place the sense
The potted Bonsai create a minaturized, but realistic representation of nature in the form of a tree.
The Shade Garden contains a variety of green and colorful woodland plants; there are small shrubs, trees, ground covers, mosses, unusual ferns, hellebores,
and a small fish pond.
The Hydrangea Walk
All eight types of hydrangeas can be found throughout our gardens; bigleaf, lacecap, mountain, smooth, panicle, oakleaf, peegee and climbing. This walk is especially planted with hydrangeas that flourish in sun and shade.
We also have a few of the more unusual cultivars of hydrangeas - 'Invincibelle', 'Pinky-winky', 'Fire light', 'Strawberry Sundae', and more.
Our Unique Evergreens
Our evergreen trees are distinguished from the popular evergreen trees that normally adorn the landscape.
They are a collection of rare and unusual evergreens... Varigated White Pine, Contorted Pine, Silver Fir, Cedars, Sequoias and Cypress grace the evergreen forested area. They are a true delight to many of our visitors.
The Hemerocallis Garden
Although native to Asia, this enormous genus includes over 80,000 registered cultivars from only about a dozen species.
Our daylilies are located in one main bed, but they are also planted throughout our gardens with their colorful, exuberant and showy flowers in a wide range of colors and shapes blooming from late spring through summer.
The Cutting Garden
Because this is a production garden, 'design correctness' is not always followed.
This area is filled with showy flowers and foliage that bloom throughout the seasons. This is an area for experimenting with new plants and colors.
Perennials, annuals, bulbs and foliage plants fill this area with with their seasonal delights. Yarrow, aster, coreopsis, iris, lilies, phlox, peony, rudebeckia, sage, veronica, alliums, daffodils, gladiolus, tulips, euphorbia, heuchera, hosta, lavender, celosia, roses, centaurea, zinnia, salvia and more adorn this area.
The South Garden & Native Trail
This southern area of Birdsong Pleasure Garden runs the east to west width of the property and exhibits many of the sun-loving plants such as magnolias, buckeyes, ginkgos, holly, spirea, pines, poppies, and a much loved Franklinia.
The grassy and moss covered walkways curve through the shade of overhanging trees, Virginia native species, a fun climbing tree, unusual sculptures and seasonal flowers.
The North Lawn
The English Pleasure Garden presented an idealized view of nature. This usually included a picturesque lake, sweeps of gently rolling lawns, and handsome groves of trees; which were all designed for the idyllic promenade
for the visitors who walked its grounds.
Our North Lawn provides our visitors with a chance to promenade, as well.
The lawn area is designed with flowing borders that naturally integrate and harmonize with the surrounding garden areas of the property and house. The North Lawn is also the focal point for afternoon teas, meetings, club socials, picnics and weddings.