The Granby Garden, located on approximately one acre in Richmond, Virginia, is an urban garden which spans both public and private areas. Development of the garden began in 1975 with the purchase of the house, which included a garden comprised of fifty dying rose bushes and a grass path. Since that time the garden has matured and increased, with added components reflecting an interest in history, architecture, whimsy and community. The original path was paved with an assortment of brick, granite spalls and bluestone pavers in 1986. In 1993, adjacent property was leased and the garden was expanded. The public alleys on either side have also been incorporated. Among The Granby Garden's features are garden beds up to six feet deep, walkways, arbors, terra-cotta pottery, a Gothic-style toolshed inspired by an eighteenth-century drawing by William Kent.
The garden beds in the alleys were planted with divided plants from the private area of the garden. The owner, the creator of the garden, selects native, hardy, human and dog resistent plants.
The dense beds, filled with a variety of perennials and annuals, echo the cottage-style gardens of England. Plantings include primrose, daylilies, iris, Rudbeckia, oxalis, variegated Solomon's seal, rose and helleborus. Spiky trees, such as Juniper perfecta and cypress, punctuate the lush plantings. Various grasses, hosta and ferns add verticality and texture. Shrubs include varieties of hydrangea, althea, golden barberry, crape myrtle, globe arborvitae, photinia and Ligustrum. Mandevilla vine, caladiums, begonias and impatiens are planted annually for additional color.
Persons associated with the garden include: Virginia Bryce (former owner, 1940s-1974), John Melville Jennings (former owner, 1974-1975).
The folder includes worksheets, planting lists, features plan, bibliography and other additional information.
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