United States of America, Virginia, Orange County, Orange
Mount Sharon Farm (Orange, Virginia)
The current owners restored the house and then set out to create a series of distinctive, but related, garden rooms using century-old boxwood to frame their creation. The garden enters through the wedding gate to a walled Elizabethan knot garden. Meandering paths lead through a hydrangea and camellia garden and a spring garden full of color and variety. Cross the central walk lined with gigantic boxwood and enter four terraces of formal parterres with arched, rose-covered pergolas and pavilions overlooking yew-enclosed formal rose gardens. The geometric parterre changes with the season and features blue and white anemone de blanda in spring and annuals in summer. An Italianate croquet pitch with fountains and panoramic view is surrounded by pleached European hornbeams. A holly-surrounded badminton lawn, exedrae with sculptured niches, crepe myrtle walk, mixed border, and oval garden culminate in a Moorish gazebo affording views of the rolling countryside. Fountain displays and sculpture about throughout this garden for all seasons in the classical style.
Person(s) associated with the property include: Taliaferro family (former owners, 1724-1935); Mr. and Mrs. Ellsworth Augustus (former owners, 1935-1955); Mrs. Nancy Sasser Eldredge (former owner, 1955-1980); Mr. and Mrs. John S. Clark (former owners, 1985-1995); Louis Bancel LaFarge (architect, 1935-1938); Ellen Biddle Shipman (landscape architect, 1936-1938); and Charles J. Stick (landscape architect, 1998-2005).
The folder includes a work sheet and garden plans.
This garden is featured in "A Garden Gate Swings Back in Time" by Adrian Higgins and Tracy A. Woodward in The Washington Post's Loudoun edition of Local Living published May 10, 2012