[Do] The Doyle Garden

500 Skyview Dr, Blacksburg

Jana and Stephen Doyle

The owners, one of whom “just loves dirt” and “old stuff,” have invested 20 years in producing this charming spot that combines old trees, new beds, thoughtful hardscape, and an interesting variety of trees and plants. Leading up to the Craftsman-style, solarized bungalow, a straight walkway is surrounded by balanced curved beds of herbs and perennials extending across both the curb area and the cherry-laureled front of the house. As the spacious back garden slopes downward, lush color draws attention to more large curved beds, with plantings ranging from viburnum, Virginia sweetspire, and serviceberry to wood hyacinths and blueberries. The latest feature is a handsome upper deck with an angled sunsail. To one side, a stylish salvaged iron gate opens to fenced veggie beds, with mixed trees higher on the slope. This friendly garden is suffused with a welcoming ambiance.

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All photos (C) Charles Bostian