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  • Jim McClenon (Wednesday, June 26 24 06:06 pm EDT)

    Wonderful place!
    One of the best gardens in VA….and there are good gardens in VA! …lots of native plants and huge variety of other plants. Tom gave a great informational tour.

  • Scott J. (Wednesday, June 12 24 02:48 pm EDT)

    Hi Tom and Lesley,
    Wow, what an awesome weekend we had while staying at Birdsong Gardens!

    The HH camping site was beautiful, peaceful and quiet while flat and easily accessible. The sunset and sunrise over the Page county mountains were beautiful. The fireflies accentuated the sunset while the birds serenaded us during both.
    Lesley’s communication, responsiveness and logistics matched her creativity in garden deaigns which is saying a lot as all were exceptional.
    We loved every inch of the gardens, the detailed tour and patience of Tom as he answered a question or two (Ok, a LOT of questions :-) )…. We especially enjoyed the numerous topical conversations with Tom which easily meandered as much as the fabulous paths of the garden.
    We have already shared your information with a few people and we will definitely return ourselves. We’ll soon share a few more of the pictures that we took… Until then - thank you for sharing your gardens, hospitality and camping area with us!

    Scott & Lisa

  • Pattie B (Sunday, June 02 24 05:40 pm EDT)

    You have received a new review from a Harvest Hosts member!

    Hi Lesley,

    What a picture perfect spot! Easy access, lovely views and no hassles. Only wish our stay was timed so we could have toured the gardens.

    - Pattie B

  • Steph (Tuesday, May 28 24 09:21 am EDT)

    As a Harvest Host Guest Great communication, easy parking, and lovely area to stay and drive through. I would absolutely stay again - and make time for the garden tour next time!

    - Steph, Kristen, and Buttercup O

  • Emily Coyle (Tuesday, May 21 24 09:49 am EDT)

    Hidden gem!
    Stunning gardens, more than kind and generous hosts, and the place is gorgeous. I’m so impressed

  • Kenneth Leach (Tuesday, May 21 24 09:48 am EDT)

    Kenneth Leach
    5 stars...

    Beautiful gardens

  • Robert Gazzola (Sunday, May 19 24 06:32 pm EDT)

    Robert Gazzola

    Lovely garden! Such diversity. Absolutely worth a visit!

  • Megan Hart (Monday, May 13 24 11:16 am EDT)

    Incredible gardens, information and views of the valley. If you have appreciation and interest in gardens and nature this would be a great place to visit! In addition, it’s a great place for children to gain appreciation for nature and gardening as well. My 2 year old really loved the flowers, birds frogs and water features!

  • Josh and Maura (Wednesday, May 01 24 11:01 am EDT)

    Hey Lesley and Tom,
    Thank you so much for sharing your gardens and giving us the opportunity to learn and be inspired by your love of plants and their ecosystems.

    We had a great time and look forward to coming back!
    Josh and Maura

  • Estelle and Oriera (Wednesday, May 01 24 10:58 am EDT)

    Thank you for sharing your piece of paradise.

  • Scott Meade (Tuesday, April 30 24 10:09 am EDT)

    Scott Meade

    Beautiful gardens and such an informative tour! Let Lesley tell you bout the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees!
    I left bewildered at the knowledge Lesley has inside her head!
    Next visit I'm taking notes!!!

  • Carrie H. (Tuesday, April 30 24 09:34 am EDT)

    From a Harvest Host RV Stay

    Had a peaceful nights stay with a beautiful mountain view. communication was great and they let me know that there would be another couple there for the night. Location had a nice sized area that was mowed and mostly level alongside s quiet road. I would stay here again.

    - Carrie H

  • CKujawa (Saturday, April 27 24 12:02 pm EDT)

    Beautiful gardens!

    Lesley is so knowledgeable about every plant in here. Lots of emphasis on native plants. Wonderful to be able to share the joy of gardening with her!

  • Bob M. (Tuesday, April 23 24 10:17 am EDT)

    This Harvest Host location will 100% blow away your expectations!
    The area to park in is flat, very quiet, and has fantastic views. Just ideal.
    Be sure to get there in time to tour the gardens. Check the listing for times. They are amazing.
    The work these folks have done is awe inspiring. The photos in the listing don’t even begin to show their full splendor.
    The hosts Tom and Lesley are super patient and take plenty of time to answer questions and show you around the property.
    We will be back for sure. Highest recommendation!!

    - Bob M

  • Tyler D (Sunday, April 21 24 09:28 am EDT)

    Our favorite HH (Harvest Hosts) stay since we became members!

    Tom & Lesley were amazing hosts, and we had the most peaceful and relaxing time.

    Tom took us on a wonderful tour and taught us more about flowers, plants and trees than we've ever learned!

    You can tell they have poured so much love into their gardens, they are breathtaking.

    Some of our favorite things were the bonsai garden, lilac trees and Japanese Maples! This is a must stay!

    We even had the field to ourselves so our dog could play and watch the sunset over the mountains!

    Thanks for the best time!

    - Tyler D

  • Chasity Armentrout (Monday, April 15 24 07:23 pm EDT)

    Chasity Armentrout recommends Birdsong Pleasure Garden.

    I visited yesterday and the garden and the hosts were amazing, I enjoyed it very much.

    I look forward to going back with my husband and hopefully talk my mom into going as well.

    Highly recommend visiting this beautiful place.

  • Steve S. (Wednesday, April 03 24 11:30 am EDT)

    A Harvest Host Comment-

    Nice place to Stay.

    Tom and Lesley were great folks very hospitable and accommodating.

    We didn’t have time for the garden tour but we had a very pleasant stay.

    - Steve S

  • Erica Xu (Sunday, March 31 24 03:53 pm EDT)

    Erica Xu
    We had a wonderful visit with our dog!

    Lesley is very knowledgeable about plants and wildlife - I gained lots of inspirations for my own garden.

    This place is not only dog friendly, Lesley even has a smaller fenced garden for dogs to play free of leash. Tom was super nice and played fetch with my dog.
    The doggie host, Moon, is welcoming and friendly to visitors too!

    We will be back in another season as the garden has a lot more to explore.

  • Melody Mendez (Sunday, March 31 24 03:50 pm EDT)

    Melody Mendez
    star star star star star

    We enjoyed our tour very much.
    Loved it from start to finish!

  • Daphne C. (Tuesday, March 19 24 02:37 pm EDT)

    Birdsong Pleasure Garden is the 3-decades work of Lesley and Tom, both Master Gardeners.

    The variety of plant life, the focus on native species, and the layout of the three-acre botanical garden is stunning.

    Take a tour with Tom or Lesley - I guarantee you'll enjoy it! As hosts, Lesley and Tom are welcoming and kind, and great on communication.

    The RV area is simple and peaceful - a large flat field with lovely views of the mountains and beautiful sunsets, less than a mile off RT 211 and very near the National Forest, Luray Caverns, Luray Zoo and more. If you're visiting the Shenandoah area, do NOT miss this "hidden gem"!

    Harvest Host Member
    - Daphne C

  • Luisa Jones (Monday, March 18 24 10:04 am EDT)

    Lesley and Tom,
    Thank you so much for sharing your garden with us today.
    It was a true gift of beauty, serenity and intimacy walking through it.
    Your garden really spoke to us, and you, the masters behind this hidden gem, are a true inspiration for our years ahead.
    Happy Anniversary with the hope we meet again at a different season.
    Keep blooming.
    Luisa and Kevin - and Montey too

    From one teacher to another, I love the little touch of fun here and there for the pleasure of thechildren

  • Kristy Good (Monday, March 18 24 10:01 am EDT)

    Thank you for showing us around your beautiful property! I dream of having something as lovely and peaceful one day.

  • Kevin Jones (Sunday, March 17 24 05:03 pm EDT)

    Thanks a wonderful tour or your gardens.

  • Franklin Van Valkenburg (Tuesday, February 27 24 12:14 pm EST)

    Lesley & Tom
    I am so thankful for the wonderful gift made by the supporters of Birdsong Pleasure Garden!

    Keven and I spoke just yesterday about how fortunate we are to be thought of in such a way beyond the mission of acquiring hallowed ground.

    Once saved, it must be properly cared for and your gift makes that possible!

    All the best,
    Franklin Van Valkenburg
    Development Officer
    Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation

  • Elijah (Saturday, February 24 24 11:02 am EST)

    We can't wait to come back in the Spring!

    Thank you,
    Elijah & Margaret

  • Gioia Caiola Forman (Monday, February 12 24 11:40 am EST)

    A dear friend took me on a beautiful spring day for a tour of Birdsong Pleasure Garden. What a delightful treat!

    Lesley and Tom welcomed us to their garden as if we were old friends. Lesley was the perfect tour guide. She shared the names, including the Latin of all plants. She identified the birds by their songs and explained how they planted everything in sight.

    There are fabulous sculptures, a private bonsai garden, man made ponds and a deep love and respect for nature. They are sustainable gardeners and welcomed questions through out the tour.

    Lesley and Tom have earned the recognition of “A Designated Virginia Treasure Site”.

    We can’t wait to go back during another season.
    Gioia Caiola Forman

  • Christine Andreae (Sunday, February 11 24 03:06 pm EST)

    Dear Tom and Lesley,
    This is a big THANK YOU from all the Alliance board & staff for your most generous gift of 2023. You not only help keep us in business- your energy and commitment to conserving and protecting our environment is an inspiration to us all. It's really wonderful to know that your creative garden is helping to keep the Valley at large green and healthy.
    With admiration & gratitude, Christine Andreae

  • Amber & Dylan (Friday, November 24 23 11:14 am EST)

    Harvest Hosts Guests -
    We are so thankful and appreciative that you shared your land with us so last minute. It was such a peaceful place to rest our heads. We hope to return when everything is in full bloom.
    You are doing such a beautiful thing by preserving this land. We'll make sure to mention you to anyone heading this way. We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family.

  • Buddy M. (Thursday, November 16 23 10:23 am EST)

    Hi Lesley,

    You have received a new review from a Harvest Hosts member!

    Wow what an awesome tour and stay. The spot was level with a beautiful view. The tour was beautiful and Tom was very informative and he and Leslie were very friendly. We highly recomend both the and over night stay.

    - Herman “Buddy” M

  • Del Price (Saturday, November 04 23 03:07 pm EDT)

    star star star star star
    Provided educational info on photosynthesis with other community types for 3 busloads of local elementary youth. YEAH

  • Amy Lynn (Monday, October 23 23 11:34 am EDT)

    This property is loved & cultivated by amazing environmental advocates. The gardens they’ve created from scratch since 1992 are impressive, unique & absolutely beautiful and are home to a high percentage of native species. Tom’s knowledge & enthusiasm combined with Lesley’s creative & modern style have created the perfect place to find peace, joy & beauty off the beaten path. Even in October. Such a gem! Lovely locals. Former educators. Being an educator myself, I felt transported into their 3rd & 4th grade classrooms. Lucky students. I could imagine being a student benefitting from their experiential teaching. I hope their incredible legacy lives on! I look forward to going back in the spring. Their fees go to local conservation & historical land preservation nonprofits! GO! You won’t regret it! Thank you Tom & Lesley!

  • Christine (Monday, October 09 23 11:39 am EDT)

    Thank you so much for the beautiful tour. We are so inspired by all the work you have done.
    Christine and Connie
    Harvest Hosts RVers

  • Anita Ostrander (Sunday, October 01 23 03:31 pm EDT)

    Dear Lesley,
    Thank you for such a wonderful presentation on Bonsai, plus all the extra work it took to create the presentation. Yes, I would be interested in keeping up with how our Bonsai plant is doing! Your transformation of your land into such a beautiful garden always amazes me. All of our members who attended had a wonderful time!
    Anita Ostrander
    Pres, RCGC

  • Rappahannock Co. Garden Club (Thursday, September 21 23 12:16 pm EDT)

    Hi Lesley,
    On behalf of the RCGC, I want to thank you for such a lovely afternoon! We learned a lot about bonsai or …bone sigh…I should say, and we were able to enjoy your beautiful gardens on a lovely fall day without high humidity or heat! Very lucky in that regard. Thanks so much for showing us around, and giving such an excellent presentation.
    Best regards,
    Rappahannock County Garden Club

  • Chris Anderson and the Alliance for the Shenandoah Staff (Monday, September 18 23 11:58 am EDT)

    Dear Tom and Lesley,
    Thank you all for everything that you do to support the work at the Alliance. We really appreciate it.

  • Ari Mack (Sunday, August 27 23 01:33 pm EDT)

    by Ari Mack
    star star star star star

  • Sarah Snader (Thursday, August 17 23 06:04 pm EDT)

    Sarah Snader
    1 review
    2 days ago NEW

    We had a wonderful tour at the Birdsong Pleasure Garden!
    Tom showed us around the beautiful gardens for 2 many different plants!
    It was a bit buggy, but they had bug spray to use. I would suggest wearing a hat and lightweight long sleeves on hot summer days.

  • Joan Eberly (Monday, July 31 23 01:34 pm EDT)

    Hi Lesley,

    Thanks so much for sending us these pictures!

    Donna and I learned a lot and thoroughly enjoyed seeing your lovely gardens and learning from you. I'm wondering if you could please take a moment to list the amendments you recommended. I remember the bonemeal, maybe worm casings?, not sure what else. I'm sorry we didn't take notes that day.

    We hope to return in another season, and maybe meet Tom next time.


  • Lisa Jacobson & Diane (Thursday, July 20 23 07:43 pm EDT)

    "Better than Longwood Gardens". Intimate, well taken care of...a joy for nature.

  • Peggy DiVincenzo (Thursday, July 20 23 04:37 pm EDT)

    Dear Lesley and Tom,
    Thanks, and we all thoroughly enjoyed your property, and above all, yours and Tom's efforts for our precious Earth.

  • Doug and Cecelia Kramer (Sunday, July 02 23 02:38 pm EDT)

    ​Dear Lesley and Tom,
    We just wanted to thank you so much for the local recommendations, we enjoyed the garden tour and the talk about historic houses in Page county both and wouldn't have known about either without you alerting us to them.

    Doug and Cecelia Kramer

  • Jacki Finzel (Thursday, June 29 23 06:55 pm EDT)

    Really enjoyed your spring garden, just as magnificent as the fall.
    I had fun introducing my gardener friend to your garden. She was just as impressed and amazed as I was.
    Having a garden of my own I know the work, and love, and more work that goes into creating such a special place.

  • Shirley Wigton (Sunday, June 25 23 03:54 pm EDT)

    To the Macks and the Hill & Valley Garden Club,
    Thank you so much for the gift certificate that I won. I enjoyed my visit to Birdsong Pleasure Garden and the Club's "Garden Lover's Day, open house" It was lots of fun.
    Thanks also to Tom who sent me home with a cabbage from his garden, after something ate everyone of my plants. It was so delicious!
    I'm looking forward to coming again next year!

  • Thomas Williams (Sunday, June 25 23 03:34 pm EDT)

    This is a beautiful garden which far exceeded my expectations. The owners are also lovely. It would be hard to find a better Luray area activity. They will even welcome your dogs and help set up a picnic!

  • Mason Whitehead (Wednesday, June 14 23 09:55 pm EDT)

    Thank you for fitting-in a last-minute tour for our family last week!
    We enjoyed visiting your beautiful garden!
    Thank you,

  • Jack Klinger (Wednesday, June 14 23 09:53 pm EDT)

    Thank you for the tour!!!
    It was a highlight of the trip!

  • Linda Stribling (Friday, June 02 23 07:49 pm EDT)


    A very beautiful place with a couple who are so knowledgeable, hardworking and hospitable. So much to see!

  • Liz Monseur Nuckles (Friday, June 02 23 07:46 pm EDT)

    Thank you, Lesley and Tom for your gracious hospitality. Your knowledge and the work you all have put into these gardens is beyond belief! I am still in awe of the variety and incredible vitality of the trees, shrubs and flowers! No wonder the birds sing so loudly.

  • Kathy (Friday, May 26 23 10:40 am EDT)

    I can’t get over how your land has gone from being treeless and flowerless in 30 years!

    Even me as a gardener, can only fathom how much work you have done!

    Plus sprinkling in the artistic touches. Wow!

  • Trowel Garden Club (Sunday, May 21 23 07:23 pm EDT)

    Dear Lesley and Tom,
    Again, many thanks for sharing your beautiful gardens with us last week.
    All the best,
    Trowel Garden Club

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