CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The historic McFarland-Hubbard House has finished phase two of a total landscaping re-do, and the new plantings complement the old house beautifully.
Cheryl Marsh, operations manager for the West Virginia Humanities Council that owns the house, said phase three would be completed this spring.
"We've done this in two phases so far. This spring, landscape architect Joe Young of Triad Engineering and contractor Bruce McClanahan of McClanahan Construction Co. did the hardscape: the driveway and city sidewalk along the Boulevard, and repaired and re-pointed the original brick sidewalk -- the historical part."
Recently, TerraCare installed an irrigation system and plants according to Young's plan.
In the early spring, the group will put in sod and a flagstone pathway connecting the front yard to a pergola in the back, the final piece of the plan.
"We had already refurbished the interior of the main house and the carriage house, and added additional programming space with the completion of the pergola. The next logical step was to refurbish the grounds and improve the usefulness of the outside by tying our pergola programming space to the rest of the grounds with a flagstone pathway and beautiful plantings," Marsh said.
The planning for the landscape project began in July 2010. Dividing the project into two phases allowed the organization more time for fundraising to pay for the improvements.
Young said he didn't have any original landscaping plans to base his design on, but he did do research to determine what plants were used during the period when the house was built.
"We planted with that in mind," Young said.
A new tree, Dwarf Green Giant (Thuja Steeplechase), was planted, as well as azaleas, boxwoods, hydrangeas, mountain laurel, rhododendrons, roses, yews and more.