|JOAN AT A RADS PLANNING MEETING|
THE GARDEN OF JOAN JACKSON (FORMER REGION 3 RVP) WAS ON TOUR FOR THE 2008 REGION 3 MEETINGS. EVEN THOUGH JOAN AND LEN HAD ONLY BEEN IN THEIR NEW HOME FOR TWO YEARS, THEIR DAYLILIES WERE FANTASTIC.
Len and Joan Jackson retired and built their retirement home in Chesterfield , Virginia in 2004. Although the home was built to reflect their needs, tastes and specifications, the garden was a another matter. Complete garden plans had to be submitted to the Homeowners Association before the garden could be started. So, the garden wasn’t started until the Spring of 2005 with approximately fifty daylilies (many having lost their lives while waiting for a home in the Virginia sand and clay).
Gardening in the subdivision of The Highlands had to be environmentally friendly, meaning limited removal of large trees, protection of wetlands and living with a displaced deer population. The Jacksons decided to incorporate their garden areas beneath the trees bordering the front of the property, while leaving the rear in a natural state. Over sixty small trees, tremendous under brush and rocks were removed . The entire area was formed into a series of island beds that can be viewed from all sides. Stepping stones provide easy access to areas.
Approaching the driveway of the 1.5 acre property, the raised area on the right side is planted with perennial herbs including, Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano and Sage as well as Dianthus, Chrysanthemums and daylilies. The next area includes daphnes, small azaleas, and camellias. As you continue your walk, there are Geum, Monarda, Coreopsis, Gardenias, Hosta and Phlox planted among the dayliles. Wind chimes, Joan’s favorite garden ornament, are placed throughout the garden adding pleasant sounds. The collection of over 450 daylilies include a Morrie Otte collection, numerous Apps and Herr daylilies. Region 3 hybridizers include Reed, Burkey, Miller, Murphy and Kendig. Other hybridizers include Stamile, Trimmer, Kirchhoff, Morss, Bell, Scott, Hanson, Hansen, Roberts, Lambertson and many more.
River rocks, found on the property were used to create a small stone garden retreat among the large mulched area in the garden. Statuary, benches as well as a water feature are included. If you want to see what can be accomplished in two years, this is a garden to see.
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