The Steeves Garden : 704 and 706 York Drive, Blacksburg
Claiming two properties, this world-in-a-garden bursts with vistas and vignettes that flow harmoniously through arbors, around shrubs, and by grassy paths surrounding curved beds. The artistic interplay of trees and plants in this self-proclaimed plant collector's garden creates structure and defines garden rooms of joyful color, full of painted furniture and found objects, from Chippendale benches to screen doors and car tires. Abundant perennials, natives, and foliage mix with the likes of rose, bog, moss, succulent, and water gardens, complete with tropicals and koi. All these are accented by plentiful sculpture and statuary, both playful and serious, including the gardener's token crow. A greenhouse provides shelter for young plants and whimsical art objects alike in this wonderland that the gardener insists "is more an evolution than a design."
These photos are of the gardens in late summer and fall.