United States of America, Virginia, Chesterfield County, Bon Air
Eden Woods (Bon Air, Virginia)
The owner has taken cues from nature in this 3.6 acre property to transform it from a neglected garden into a work of art. The uniqueness lies in the use of the native mosses instead of using grass as lawn. The design of the gardens began with the prior owners' structure of rock and slate paths from 1954 and borders and a spring pool in a woodland oasis with many shade loving plants. The entrance to the garden leads into the wall garden or sunken garden filled with plants that tolerate wet feet such as hosta, blueberry, clethra, azalea, ferns... A large moss lawn is next to this area. The Island Garden was created to give the eye a close focal point. Another focus is the Circle Garden in spring, full of color from 200 "Toronto" gregeii tulips. The owner keeps leaves and weeds off the moss and may water the mosses in a very dry period if she is expecting a crowd. At least five moss genera were native to the owner's garden.
Persons associated with the property include: Dr. and Mrs. Clifford and Janet Nelson (former owners, 1954-1977); Alan McCullough (architect, 1954); and Leonora Riddering Burnet (Norie) (landscape designer, gardener, 1977-present).
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The folder includes a worksheet, a garden plan, plant list, articles, and a narrative description of the garden keyed to the individual slides.
Garden featured in Martha Carr, "Paradise Mossed," in The Washington Post At Home, Fall 2004, pp. 64-68
Garden featured in "Good-bye Grass," in The Woodland Garden, Summer 2003, pp. 6-7
Garden featured in Sarah Kinbar, "It's Easy Being Green," in Garden Design, May/June 2003, pp. 12-13
Garden featured in Martha Randolph Carr, "Moss Gathers in this Bon Air Backyard," in Virginia Living, August 2003, pp. 46-47
Garden featured in Joanne Wolf, "Mystical, Magical Moss Gardening," in Perennials, Summer 2001, pp. 106-112
Garden featured in Gardening and Outdoor Living, Vol. IX, No. 4, p. 70
Garden featured in "Mad for Moss," in Country Living, April 1999
Garden featured in "Mad for Moss," in Gardener, March/April 1999
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