Today’s photo is from Eben Richards in Orange, Virginia. Eben says, “I am an 80 year old who now lives in Orange, Virginia, having moved from Mclean, Virginia, a bit over six years ago. I was at an age when most of my friends were moving into retirement homes. I bought (against their advice) 42 acres, including an old house on what was once a much larger plantation. I have never regretted the decision. My aunt who lived to be 102 used to say, “When you quit doing, you’re done!” I was not ready to quit doing. It has taken several years to enlarge the house and bring it up to more modern standards while trying not to compromise it’s historic quality. Originally the land sloped down to the house from the garage area, causing bad drainage problems and dry rot to the foundations of the main building. In order to stop this I had the area excavated. A company that builds the walls at the University of Virginia constructed the retaining walls for the partially sunken garden. In the past I have raised Basset hounds and now I use this white garden as a memorial garden. My dog’s ashes are in the urn and there is a bronze plaque commemorating each one on the plinth. The garden is off the master bedroom, which has French doors leading out into it. On warm sunny days during the winter I enjoy sitting on the bench and dreaming of spring! My house and garden were open to the public last April on the Virginia Garden Club annual tour. On one day alone 1,364 people were counted touring this property! Not a single thing was broken or stolen and I was able to raise several thousand dollars for the restoration of historic Virginia gardens.” Beautiful, Eben! Thanks so much for sharing this garden with us. Send more pictures, please!
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