United States of America, Virginia, Virginia Beach
Meg and Bill Campbell Garden (Virginia Beach, Virginia)
Located on less than an acre, the Meg and Bill Campbell Garden is a coastal seaside garden dominated by live oaks, some of which predate the 1925 house. Over the years, renovations to the house and garden have updated the Dutch Colonial shingle style home, tucking decks on four levels among the trees. Raised wookden walkways wind through beds of hostas, ferns and hydrangeas toward the waterfall and pond. The garden is one house away from oceanfront. The front bed, which has more ocean exposure, has plantings of Russian sage, Joe Pue weed, shrub roses, Becky daisues, day lilies, spiderwort and grasses.
The location of this garden in Virginia is at the northern edge of the growing zone for live oak trees. Some of the trees on the property are more than one hundred years old and were left in place although the building of houses in the area destroyed most of the coastal dunes. The informal style of plantings of perennials, bulbs, annuals, and vines allows some flowers to self-sow from year to year. Elevated wooden walkways and paths made from paving stones allow access to all parts of the garden. A vegetable garden on a neighbor's property is shared, and there is an herb garden at the back of the lot.
Persons associated with the property include: Mr. and Mrs. Turnbrige (former owners, 1925-1940); Commodore and Mrs. Oscar Smith (former owners, 1940-1974).
The folder includes an information sheet, a features plan, a slide plan, a slide list and a plant list.
This property is featured in "Our Town", The Virginian Pilot, 1989; "Some Very Fine Vines", The Virginian Pilot, 1998; "A Peek over the Fence", The Virginian Pilot, 2004; "Garden Art", The Virginian Pilot, 2006; and "Historic Garden Week in Virginia Guidebook" 1989 and 2008