Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

August 5, 2012

Secret Gardens

Bluefield Daily Telegraph


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — Stop and smell the roses. That is what the Bluefield Beautification Commission hopes residents will do during Through the Garden Gate, a tour of some of the most-beloved gardens in Bluefield on Saturday, Aug. 11. Tickets can be purchased in advance or on the day of the tour at Bland Street Methodist Church. Gail Satterfield, chairman of the committee, said there will also be a garden bazaar with vendors at the church and a chance to view the Brad Jackson Prayer Garden.

 Participants will be given a map and can tour the gardens at their leisure starting at 2 p.m., Satterfield said. The event will end with a garden party with live entertainment and complimentary wine, beer, lemonade and hors d’oeuvres at the home of David Hardin and Terry Whittington at 618 Mountain View Avenue.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at all Grants Supermarkets locations, Paper & More, Goodykoontz Drug Store, the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce and the Mercer County Convention and Visitors Bureau. A rain date is scheduled for Aug. 12. Proceeds will benefit the Bluefield Beautification Commission. For more information, visit

1. 1339 Liberty Street

This Bluefield resident’s garden features a gazebo, an arbor and a unique garden fountain. Flowers, both perennial and annual, can be found throughout the residence, including borders, window boxes and more. An outdoor kitchen and stone fireplace, highlighted with gas lamps, make this residence the perfect place for outdoor evenings in Bluefield.

2. 2045 Maryland Avenue

Owned by Junior and Mary Jane Ammar, this property features a terrace with custom iron work. A gazebo and traditional arbor are filled with grape vines, wisteria, white pine and hemlock. The Ammars have planted plenty of trees, shrubbery and bedding plants, including Magnolia and Crepe myrtle. There are also plenty of fresh vegetables in the garden. Finally, the landscape is complete with a water feature and private tennis courts in the back of the property.

3. 2126 Reid Avenue

With a circular drive and a brick walkway, Paul and Carol Cole’s home is inviting to guests. Dogwoods, Rhododendrons and roses are to the right of the home. Old growth hardwood is to the left. Upon entering the garden, visitors are treated to a koi pond. Other noticeable features include a meditation garden, slate terrace and custom fencing.

4. 1320 Liberty Street

Copper Beech trees frame Jim and Becky Steorts garden on Liberty Street. Bright annuals fill containers and a blue Atlas Ceder Espalier surround the front door. The side terrace has Chippendale-style rails.

5. 1212 College Avenue

Bob Little has made his home on College Avenue stand out with sculpted shrubbery. Annuals are planted beyond the shrubs and containers fill the property. Also on the grounds are several ferns and exotic plants.

6. 1004 South Wood Avenue

This garden, by Ronnie Martin, has a green canopy over the property. Gas lights beckon visitors. There is a natural grotto with a waterfall and a pond. Native stone highlights the garden as well. Trees, shrubbery and plants are planted around the area and containers of annuals bring color to Martin’s garden. There is also an outdoor kitchen and fireplace. Sculptures and garden ornaments frame the garden.

7. 618 Mountain View

Terry Whittington and David Hardin’s garden has brick columns and an iron gate at the entrance. Guests will enjoy the four rivers fountain and formal boxwood garden, as well as the four seasons garden with a koi pond and a Japanese waterfall. Varieties of plants include perennials, annuals and aquatics. This is also the site for the garden party and will not be open to visitors until 5 p.m.