Did You Know? Maymont is a Mid-Atlantic Gardening Treasure

 

The family and I went to Maymont in Richmond, VA this weekend and I thought that I would share some of my pictures with you. If you’re from the Richmond area, you’ve certainly heard of Maymont and probably visited more than a few times. But since this blog is intended for gardeners from New York to Virginia and everywhere in between, I thought it would be nice to share with other gardeners in the Mid-Atlantic gardening region. As a side note, I worked at Maymont from May of 1997 to February of 1998 and it was a wonderful experience. I worked under the Director of Horticulture, Peggy Singlemann, and I learned so much! I hope you enjoy the pictures!

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This is the beautiful Deodar Cedar that greets you as you enter from The Children's Farm

 

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The chickens are the first animals to greet you at the farm...in this picture they are waiting for their feed

 

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There are all sorts of animals at The Children's Farm including this sheep who is being fed by a beautiful little girl (she's my daughter BTW)

 

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Maymont has a delightful vegetable garden where visitors can learn all about the ins-and-outs of veggie gardening

 

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Even in January, this sycamore offers inspiration to those who are weary from the winter

 

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This Sciadopitys verticillata's evergreen foliage welcomes visitors into the Japanese Garden

 

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The Japanese Garden is full of rolling hills and various shades of green, even in winter

 

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In the Japanese Garden, kids of all ages will enjoy the stepping stones across the pond (that's my son and husband in case you are wondering)

 

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Another view of the Japanese Garden from the far side of the pond looking back towards the entrance

 

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As you ascend from the Japanese Garden and look back, this is the view. The James River is in the background...breathtaking

 

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Once you make your way up the hill from the Japanese Garden, the Italian Garden is waiting. Even in winter it is striking

 

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The wisteria wrapped pergola in the Italian Garden is a favorite for weddings...imagine how beautiful it is when the wisteria is in bloom

 

 

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The Robin's Nature and Visitor Center at Maymont can be seen in the distance

 

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As you leave the Nature Center you are able to appreciate the beauty that is Maymont

 

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This is my favorite picture from the day...my family enjoying a beautiful January Saturday in Richmond

 

I hope that you have enjoyed touring Maymont with me today. For those that aren’t familiar with Richmond, Maymont was left to the City of Richmond by the Dooleys as a testament to horticulture and the giving nature of its citizens. I’d love to hear your stories of your visits to Maymont or if you plan to visit soon. Leave me a comment below or e-mail me at stacey@midatlanticgardening.com. Happy gardening!

Starting From the Ground Up…Mid-Atlantic Gardening

November 11, 2011

Welcome to the Mid-Atlantic Gardening blog. This is my first post so I thought it would be appropriate to title it “Starting From the Ground Up” since that’s also what we’ll be talking about…growing great plants from the ground up.

My goal for this blog is that it will be an educational resource for Mid-Atlantic gardeners that you can refer to over and over to solve problems in your landscape or to inspire new ideas for your landscape. Many of the gardening books and magazines focus on general topics or plants that don’t do well in the Mid-Atlantic. I am trying to fill that void and let you know the “right plant for the right place” based on our growing conditions and also keep you abreast of disease and pest issues that threaten the very landscapes that we devote so much time to.

I’m Stacey Arnold and I’d like to let you know a little about me even though it’s not my nature to talk about myself. But near as I can figure, if I’m going to be giving you advice and helping you to solve your problems, you should at least know a little about me. I attended Virginia Tech and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture and a minor in Environmental Science in 1997. After graduation, I was fortunate enough to obtain the Assistant Horticulturist position at the Maymont Foundation in Richmond, VA. For those who don’t know, Maymont is a wonderful 100-acre estate in the heart of Richmond. It has evolved from the personal estate of the Dooleys to a park-like setting that boasts beautiful gardens, an animal farm and a gorgeous Victorian-era mansion. I worked under the great Peggy Singlemann until the spring of 1998.

At that time I moved on to work in the nursery industry. I was employed by a perennial wholesale grower and we grew over 2200 different types of perennials and a few annuals. The nursery industry is awesome in that you get to see all of the new plants before they hit the market! And you get to witness all that goes into producing the plants that you see in the garden center.

I worked in the perennial nursery industry until the fall of 2006 when I decided to branch out on my own and start my own landscape design, installation and maintenance business. I met a lot of great people and had tons of fun working in other people’s landscapes but the hours were extremely long and grueling…did I mention that I had a bubbly one-and-a-half year old son then too?

In the late summer of 2007 I accepted a position with a local government’s Department of General Services as their Grounds Supervisor. I have been their ever since and have learned so much that I think can help you with issues in your own landscape.

My hope is to publish new posts several times per week and eventually develop this to a weekly podcast. I am here to help you so if there is a particular problem that you are dealing with that we haven’t discussed, please e-mail me at stacey@midatlanticgardening.com so that I can help you.

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