Tom & Lesley,
Thank you so much for your hospitality during my visit at Birdsong Pleasure Garden. What a special treat!
JMU owes so much credit to you for your passion and support to help grow the university. I'm looking forward to seeing you again in the spring.
Beekeeper and owner of
Anchor Ridge Farm
Missy Hoak(Saturday, January 23 21 06:12 pm EST)
Lesley and Tom -
Thank you for creating such a lovely garden and sharing it with us all! You two are still great teachers...now regarding the environment, ecology and plants. Stay safe and enjoy the quieter, cooler season in peace!
All the best,
Connor Hoak(Saturday, January 23 21 06:10 pm EST)
Mr. and Mrs. Mack,
Thank you so much for giving Leanne and I a tour of your wonderful garden and spending you time with us. I could not have imagined how amazing it would look; your efforts really show in the tidy and well-tended arrangements. We would absolutely love to come back to visit in the future, if you'll have us. Best wishes,
Natalie Martin(Tuesday, November 03 20 03:25 pm EST)
We so enjoyed our visit today, please thank Tom for the tour and the patience with our son who likes to make all the possible mistakes 😂
Thank you both for creating such a gorgeous garden and the fresh produce!
I'll be writing Yelp and Trip Advisor reviews this week. We hope to return later with our parents and/ or friends.
Natalie, Corinne & Ethan
Andrew Kaplan(Wednesday, October 21 20 05:02 pm EDT)
Wow. What a treat!
Not only is this an amazing personal garden, but you get to share with Tom and Lesley their story over their 25 years at this home. This was a highlight of our trip and we strongly recommend this. Did I mention he donates the entrance fee to a local preservation group? As you are walking around, keep in mind the two of them do this with no tractor or outside help.
Katherine(Saturday, August 22 20 03:14 pm EDT)
Dear Leslie and Tom,
Thank you, thank you, thank you for the beautiful day Saturday August 8 that Rachel and I were able to share with you. Your garden is amazing: a labor of love, a great work of art, and truly a lifetime achievement. Your graciousness and generosity in sharing your space, especially during the pandemic, has given us courage and inspiration.
When I drove past the strip malls outside of Luray proper, I was struck by the enormous contrast: crowds of people frequenting Wal-mart and fast food establishments, and the three of us strolling through the beauty of nature as you have envisioned it. I was greatly saddened by the poverty of our culture, and also inspired by the ability of two people - the two of you - to make such a contribution to the well-being of the entire community.
We leave you with the hope, prayer, and blessing that your generosity will be returned to you many times over.
Katherine and Rachel
L-P Chamber of Commerce(Thursday, August 20 20 04:55 pm EDT)
From the Luray-Page County Chamber of Commerce
What a wonderful opportunity for folks to see your hard work at its best! What a beautiful place, your Birdsong Pleasure Garden. You both are an inspiration.
Jessica(Thursday, August 20 20 04:52 pm EDT)
August 3, 2020
Thank you for helping me celebrate my birthday. It was an amazing experience for my family. Jessica and family Patrice, Zane, Justin and Brenden
Mary Beth(Thursday, August 20 20 04:00 pm EDT)
Dear Lesley and Tom, How can we thank you enough for making Wynonah's 20th birthday such a special and beautiful one? The father-daughter outing, to a surprise location, was a real way to brighten her up. We are deeply grateful,
Heather and 2020 MG class(Thursday, August 20 20 03:48 pm EDT)
Dear Lesley, I hope you, Tom and the garden are well. The members of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Ext. Master Gardeners Class of 2020 wish to thank you; we all very much enjoyed experiencing the garden during our pruning lab (which we all attended pre covid). We appreciate the opportunities it gave us and future classes for hands-on learning.
Rochelle Dornatt(Thursday, August 20 20 03:43 pm EDT)
Dear Lesley & Tom, I wanted to thank you for letting the 2020 Master Gardener class invade your garden. I had such a wonderful time seeing everything you've done with your land! You have been an inspiration - I am planning to do several projects at my house based on things you've done. Thank you so much!
Elaine & Stacey(Thursday, August 20 20 03:40 pm EDT)
Tom and Lesley, What a perfect day we had out at Birdsong Pleasure Garden. Thank you for hosting the pruning lab. The comments and feedback from the class members was 100% positive. Your garden is an inspiration for many. Thank you for sharing it with the Master Gardener Class of 2020.
The kids and leaders(Thursday, August 20 20 01:04 pm EDT)
Dear Birdsong Pleasure Garden, Thank you for allowing our 4-H day camp to visit your beautiful flower wonderland! The plants were so interesting we really enjoyed our time. Sincerely, 4-H Day Camp
Carol Davis(Thursday, August 20 20 12:58 pm EDT)
All the elements of a pleasure garden are contained within the garden. Your mature collection of conifers is impressive as well as the beautiful views from the property. I would suggest a visit to get a feel for a model of a pleasure garden.
Chris Schmidt(Thursday, August 20 20 12:54 pm EDT)
Dear Lesley & Tom, This a belated thank you for the wonderful tour you gave to me and my 2 companions last week. I was so impressed with what you have done. It must bring you great pleasure to live there! You have quite a collection of impressive trees, especially the $4 River birches! Thank you for all the time and botanical information you shared with us! Best Wishes, Chris
Dorothy Ramsey(Tuesday, March 31 20 10:14 am EDT)
I’ve been wanting to tell you something. The last ten minutes of my yoga class is a meditation time when the instructor suggests we visit our favorite place in our minds as we do our breathing and relaxation. My favorite place is your garden with its endless beauty, colors, textures, variety, vistas, and little and big surprises to discover from one moment to the next. I’ve been to the Grand Canyon, Sedona and Yosemite but Birdsong Pleasure Garden is my special place.
Linda Reed, Apple Valley Garden Club(Monday, January 13 20 01:33 pm EST)
Lesley & Tom,
I want to thank you for the wonderful Tea and tour yesterday; it was delightful.
The Tea was delicious, the tour was great and you and Tom are so kind and helpful. It was a learning experience and I purchased some of the plants for my garden. As you can tell, I just cannot say enough. We are so lucky to have you and Tom to share your knowledge. I will return to met you again. Linda Reed, Apple Valley Garden Club, Winchester VA
Linda Applegate(Monday, January 13 20 01:25 pm EST)
Look what my daughters decided to make after they saw the wreath I made in your class. (photo not included, here).
Had a great time hope to bring them to see your garden sometime.
Barbara 5 Hills Garden Club(Tuesday, October 08 19 12:19 pm EDT)
Want to thank you for a most enjoyable visit. Everyone had a really fun and informative time. We all learned a lot. I met some of your garden club members at the Inn and enjoyed a short visit with them. I hope to come out for the tea in June.
Lesley Mack(Sunday, September 29 19 05:08 pm EDT)
Hi Leslie, (Lesley)
Both Fred and I so enjoyed meeting you and the wonderful tour you gave of your gardens. So informative and fun. Thanks so much for all the time you spent with us!
Diane and Fred
Robin(Friday, September 20 19 12:36 pm EDT)
Jacob Swartz House Guest Cottage B&B
Lesley your tour was wonderful. You're at the top of my list for recommendations for things to do in the area. Truly inspiring and your passion and love of nature shines in all your gardens!
Marilyn M.(Wednesday, September 11 19 05:02 pm EDT)
Thank you so much for everything—taking the time to talk with us and answering our questions. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and walked away with flower and creative sculpture ideas!
It’s always great to talk with others that have a passion for gardening whether floral or vegetables. And, I’ve already picked out a great low carb/sugar recipe for the green peppers to which I’ll be adding two red ones from my garden, also.
We had a fabulous time exploring the Shenandoah Valley and Birdsong was a major reason.
Thank you, again,
Marjorie A.(Tuesday, September 10 19 01:52 pm EDT)
Birdsong Pleasure Garden is the perfect stop for individuals who are avid gardeners or who enjoy bird watching. This garden is privately owned. An appointment is required to view the garden. The owners, Lesley and Tom, are lovely people who are very knowledgeable about plants and the birds which inhabit their garden. Upon arrival, you will be met by Lesley who will be your tour guide. She takes you through the garden explaining about the plants in residence. The garden has been well planned so there is always something in bloom. There are many birdhouses on the property which draw the birds to the garden. I would recommend this for Garden Club members or small groups. I would not recommend this for small children. There is really nothing to keep them occupied. If visiting, I would say to a lot about 2 hours for the complete tour.
(Owner's note- Just to let you know, both Tom and I were Elementary School teachers. We are able to gear tours for folks of all ages - those quite young to those young at heart - so that everyone finds pleasure in the garden!)
Shui J.(Tuesday, September 10 19 01:48 pm EDT)
Such a nice place to go ... We enjoyed Tom's private tour so much. We definitely want to go back in another time. Make sure to call for an appointment before you go...
Mary Whitley(Tuesday, August 20 19 03:16 pm EDT)
Here is a donation for your lovely garden! My cousin brought us to it last month. I love to garden, too, so I do understand how much work it takes.
Thanks for sharing such a beautiful, fulfilling place!
Nicole Clem(Tuesday, August 20 19 03:14 pm EDT)
Dear Birdsong Pleasure Garden,
Thank you for allowing our 4-H Day Camp to visit your beautiful flower wonderland! The plants were so interesting We really enjoyed our time. Sincerely,
4-H Day Camp,
Chris Schmidt(Tuesday, August 20 19 03:12 pm EDT)
Dear Lesley and Tom,
This a belated thank you for the wonderful tour you gave to me and my two companions last week. I was so impressed with what you have done. It must bring you great pleasure to live there! You have quite a collection of impressive trees, especially the $4 River Birches!
Again, thank you for all the time and botanical information you shared with us!
Andy Starnes(Monday, June 24 19 03:53 pm EDT)
Just wanted to thank you for our visit and the wonderful tour you gave us. Very interesting and informative!
Thanks for sharing your beautiful place with us
Andy and Beth
Vernell Burton(Monday, June 17 19 10:25 am EDT)
We really enjoyed meeting you and your husband . Also we really enjoyed your garden, just lovely. You were so nice to give me so much information. I wanted to stay home today and work in yard, but had things to do at the office. Your yard is beautiful and it is hard to believe the garden that you and your husband have established and maintain.
I hope we can get back when the day lilies bloom !! And Thanks for your e-mail.
Susan Hornbostel(Friday, June 07 19 09:38 am EDT)
Dear Lesley, Thanks for the wonderful garden tour you gave me and my sisters last week. They both agreed that it was the best activity of our 5 days together. It is such a pleasure to see a personal garden, and hear about its progress and the choices made. Since it was my second visit, I could take in more of the design, especially the artful berms that create spaces and movement through the garden. And now I am surveying my hilltop to see where I could put in a small pond.
Many many thanks, and I'll be back. Susan H.
Gay Goldstone(Monday, May 13 19 03:30 pm EDT)
Dear Lesley and Tom,
Thank you so very much for a lovely day!! Your gardens are beautiful, creative, charming, peaceful, fascinating and fun! What a wonderful tour you gave, Lesley!! Beth and I enjoyed every minute, beginning with the beautiful vista of the mountains as we had our little picnic! Thanks for the bug spray too! We enjoyed seeing the usual and so much of the unusual! You have varieties that I’ve never seen before and so many stories as we walked through the paths and the lawns.
Thank you so much for sharing the fruits (and vegetables) of your labors. I will pass the word to my friends that Pleasure Gardens is a very special place to visit!!
Thank you again.
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)
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
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.
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!
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
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. ?
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)
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)
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!
JoAnn Pendley(Monday, April 10 17 09:46 am EDT)
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
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)
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)
Thank you for the pleasure of enjoying your beautiful gardens! And, we so appreciate your hospitality. Our best to you.