United States of America, West Virginia, Kanawha County, Charleston
Giltinan Garden (Charleston, West Virginia)
This two-acre garden site is in hilly terrain. A naturalistic garden, it features dry shade, bog, and butterfly gardens and extensive plantings of Rhododendron maximum. There is a 30-year-old Hydrangea petiolaris on the north wall of the house, and the following specimen ornamental trees: Magnolia loebneri 'Merrill'; Koelreuteria paniculata; Acer palmatum 'Sango-kaku'; Cornus kousa var. chinensis; Poncirus trifoliata; Fagus grandifolia; Tsuga canadensis; Amelanchier arborea; Sorbus alnifolia; and Malus coronaria. There are very large specimens of Rhododendron calendulaceum, as well as Rosa eglanteria, Rosa 'Cecile Brunner', and Rosa 'Constance Spry'. There are also Hamamelis (witch-hazel) and Viburnum collections. The garden has been designated a National Wildlife Federation wildlife habitat since 1996, and is home, with the surrounding woods and creek, to myriad songbirds, woodpecker species, owls, and raptors. The bog garden contains Primula japonica, Iris kaempferi, Iris virginica, Iris sibirica, and Iris pseudacorus, as well as many native plants and ferns.
Persons associated with the garden include: Dr. and Mrs. Earle Shamblen (former owners, 1941-1970); L. T. Bengtson, AIA (architect, 1939-1941); Holly Hoffmann (landscape designer, 1994); Brooks Wigginton, ASLS (landscape designer, 1976); and Mark Viette (horticulturist and nurseryman, 1989-1991).
The folder includes a worksheet, a garden plan with some plant specifications , and a copy of an article about the garden from Southern Living magazine.
Garden has been featured in Julie Martens, "Hillside Paradise," Southern Living, June 1999, pp. 92-94