Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV


August 5, 2012

Secret Gardens


BLUEFIELD — 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.


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