A dwarf Japanese maple adorns the fountain garden, with columnar hollies as accents.
There is a beautiful waterfall flowing into a pond, complete with benches and statuary that nestles into a hillside near a wooded walking path.
Lane said the project seemed to grow once he started planning. "Of course, like everything else, if you do one thing, then you realize you need to do other things, too. Landscaping escalated to lighting, and so on."
One work in progress is Hodges Summit. Described by Lane as a "dead space" on the property, it had been cleared of trees, but not much else had been done.
"I had some ideas," Lane said, "and now we have plantings and park benches." His maintenance crew added a gazebo, a hammock, a fire pit and horseshoe pits, and Lane says many groups are starting to use the out-of-the-way spot for meditation or as an intimate meeting place.
Tom Vasale, gardener extraordinaire, sent this e-mail concerning my "weed" column: "I'm sure others have contacted you, but, since so many people have clipped the photos from your column last Sunday for my opinion, the photo you identified as Carolina geranium is, correctly, Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris)."
Thank you for having me look up both plants - though, as I've had Geranium caroliniana in my gardens for years and, while assuming that it was a geranium, never knew exactly what it was. It's far preferable to Artemisia vulgaris, which can only be gotten rid of by moving, I'm convinced!
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