In deer territory, good fences make good gardens
A demonstration garden for native plants has been expanded around the property’s red-brick mansion. Previously it was surrounded by an ugly plastic fence. Now it’s a larger and more mature display showing how to take the plants of the Mid-Atlantic Mountains, Piedmont and Coastal Plain and use them in pleasing combinations. At the heart of the garden, towering shrubs of budbush and bayberry stand amid lower drifts of lobelia, aster, swamp mallow, goldenrod, and winterberry. At the base of a white pine, partridge forms a finely textured carpet.