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Bon Air -- Eden Woods

Object Details

The owner has taken cues from nature in this 3.6 acre property to transform it from a neglected garden into a work of art. The uniqueness lies in the use of the native mosses instead of using grass as lawn. The design of the gardens began with the prior owners' structure of rock and slate paths from 1954 and borders and a spring pool in a woodland oasis with many shade loving plants. The entrance to the garden leads into the wall garden or sunken garden filled with plants that tolerate wet feet such as hosta, blueberry, clethra, azalea, ferns... A large moss lawn is next to this area. The Island Garden was created to give the eye a close focal point. Another focus is the Circle Garden in spring, full of color from 200 "Toronto" gregeii tulips. The owner keeps leaves and weeds off the moss and may water the mosses in a very dry period if she is expecting a crowd. At least five moss genera were native to the owner's garden.
Persons associated with the property include: Dr. and Mrs. Clifford and Janet Nelson (former owners, 1954-1977); Alan McCullough (architect, 1954); and Leonora Riddering Burnet (Norie) (landscape designer, gardener, 1977-present).
McCullough, Alan
Tuckahoe Garden Club of Westhampton
Collection Creator
Garden Club of America
Eden Woods (Bon Air, Virginia)
United States of America -- Virginia -- Chesterfield County -- Bon Air
Gardens -- Virginia -- Bon Air
Gardening in the shade
Moss gardens
Woodland gardens
McCullough, Alan
Tuckahoe Garden Club of Westhampton
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Custodial History
The Tuckahoe Garden Club of Westhampton facilitated the submission of this garden's documentation.
Archival Repository
Archives of American Gardens
AAG.GCA, File VA362
Archival materials
Collection Citation
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Collection Rights
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Garden featured in Martha Carr, "Paradise Mossed," in The Washington Post At Home, Fall 2004, pp. 64-68. Garden featured in "Good-bye Grass," in The Woodland Garden, Summer 2003, pp. 6-7. Garden featured in Sarah Kinbar, "It's Easy Being Green," in Garden Design, May/June 2003, pp. 12-13. Garden featured in Martha Randolph Carr, "Moss Gathers in this Bon Air Backyard," in Virginia Living, August 2003, pp. 46-47. Garden featured in Joanne Wolf, "Mystical, Magical Moss Gardening," in Perennials, Summer 2001, pp. 106-112 Garden featured in Gardening and Outdoor Living, Vol. IX, No. 4, p. 70. Garden featured in "Mad for Moss," in Country Living, April 1999. Garden featured in "Mad for Moss," in Gardener, March/April 1999.
Scope and Contents
The folder includes a worksheet, a garden plan, plant list, articles, and a narrative description of the garden keyed to the individual slides.
Collection Restrictions
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Related Materials
Eden Woods related holdings consist of 1 folder (8 35 mm. slides)
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Record ID
Bon Air -- Eden Woods
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