The Pinkerton Garden: 401 Edgewood Lane, Blacksburg
Hidden from street view, this garden holds delights both horticultural and sculptural. Ten years ago when a battalion of groundhogs was banished from their home beneath the deck, new plantings could fulfill a revised design for this charmingly eclectic space. The owners' love of "color, fragrance, texture, shape, native plants, and other plants that do well in our climate" results in visual interest, as well as attracting bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies. Central to the garden is folk art, anchored by a tall laser-cut steel sculpture aptly called Color Tree. Other sculptures include found objects and carved wood, as well as Haitian steel drum art. While numerous trees and shrubs supply structure, annuals afford fun and color-"more is more" and there's always "space for another flower."