The Cary Garden is a Woodland Retreat

Marilynn and Rich have been working and watching for 20 years as their garden has evolved into a peaceful retreat. David Hubbard and William Heredra have helped them achieve their vision by creating a dry rock riverbed which drains water from the front beds and directs it through a woodland setting down to a creek at the rear of the property.

To enter the woodland garden the visitor walks between the plantings in front of the house which include pale peach-colored ‘Hilda Niblett’ azaleas, a fine edgeworthia shrub, white crepe myrtle, clematis, and red, pink and salmon amaryllis. A stroll under the wisteria-covered arbor brings you to a slate patio surrounded by ferns and hosta. Rich has built numerous footbridges to connect the different parts of the garden. A blueberry patch (Vaccinium sp.) flanks one of the bridges which leads to a covered seating area shaded by red buckeyes (Aesculus pavia) next to an Asian stone lantern.

Japanese maples (Acer palmatum ‘Glowing Embers’) and Grancy Graybeard trees (Chionanthus sp.) are planted along the rock-lined paths. Marilynn and Rich have been bringing rocks back from their South Georgia farm for many years to create the beautiful paths that will take you by a fire pit, water fountains, a bee box, and a quiet seating area under the gazebo. The multi-level decks allow them to view the garden from the treetops.

Returning to the front of the house the visitor will walk along a driveway edged with ‘Autumn Twist’™ Encore® Azaleas, which flower in stripes of purple and white, and weeping, green lace-leaf Japanese maples (Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Waterfall’).

Helen Kuykendall