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Revisiting Avis’s Maryland Garden

A garden made to be enjoyed by grandchildren


Today we’re visiting southern Maryland in the garden of Avis Veselya.

I shared a few pictures of my garden several years back but thought I’d send some updated pictures. They are from several seasons, starting with the hellebores peeking out from under the snow and moving into the flowers of the spring and summer.

We have lived in our little place by the Chesapeake Bay for 20 years, and I have loved to be in the garden for as long as I can remember. We have six grandchildren who come often, and much of the garden has been made with them in mind. They enjoy the freedom of the outdoor spaces and pathways. The Wee House is a small shed used for guest overflow, as a quiet place, and as a school by the children.

There were many natives here when we arrived: buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis, Zones 5–9), ferns of many types, Virginia sweetspire (Itea virginica, Zones 5–9), and many more. I have planted hundreds of deer-resistant bulbs and tubers over the years, and spring is just wonderful.

bulbs blooming and new leaves beginning to emergeThe garden in spring includes bulbs blooming and new leaves beginning to emerge near the Wee House.

crocusesThe first crocuses (Crocus vernus, Zones 3–8)

white foxglovesEach bloom on these white foxgloves (Digitalis purpurea, Zones 4–9) is delicately decorated with spots in the throat.

Brave helleboreFlower buds on this brave hellebore (Helleborus hybrid, Zones 4–9) are weighed down by snow. That won’t harm these tough, early spring bloomers.

helleboresAfter the snow has melted, the hellebores put on their full spring display.

An inviting path to a bridge and more to explore beyond.An inviting path to a bridge promises more to explore beyond.

Virginia sweetspire.Three swallowtail butterflies feed on the flowers of the Virginia sweetspire.

bearded irisesMasses of bearded irises (Iris germanica, Zones 3–8) line the path with an incredible flower display.

red trilliumRed trillium (Trillium erectum, Zones 4–7) is a beautiful native wildflower.

small benchThis part of the garden was made with small grandchildren in mind, and it includes a pint-size bench just for them.

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  1. Maggieat11 12/23/2021

    I LOVE it! An enchanting garden for any age.
    Thank you so much for sharing!🍃

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    treasuresmom 12/23/2021

    Wow! So very pretty.

  3. wittyone 12/23/2021

    Love the little bench, so cute. It would provide an interesting addition to a garden even with no grandchildren to decorate it.

  4. cynthia2020 12/23/2021

    ...a stream with a bridge - am so jealous.
    A wonderful garden to explore.

  5. bdowen 12/23/2021

    I love imagining your garden through the eyes of your grandchildren- how lucky they are! Foxglove and the yellow hellebore - my favorites!

  6. btucker9675 12/23/2021

    Love your garden - everything is perfect! When the grandchildren aren't using that little bench, I'm certain garden gnomes and fairies put it to good use!

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    simplesue 12/23/2021

    Oooooh that is so pretty, love that little path with the bed of irises! And I learned something new from you- that Swallowtails like Virginia sweetspire! Such a pretty garden!

  8. bsavage 12/24/2021

    What a beautiful garden! Thank you for sharing, truly, it is so lovely!

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