The perennials include Sweet Woodruff, Big Blue Lily Turf, Stella D'oro, Japanese Spurge, mixed daffodils and hostas. Seasonal plantings will be determined each season.
The house, entered on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, celebrates its 175th year this year. It is the third oldest house in Charleston and one of the oldest in the region. Andrew Jackson was president when the MacFarland-Hubbard House was built in 1836, and Charleston was a county seat town of maybe 1,500 citizens, a bustling village on the Midland Trail.
"One of the most difficult things was the amount of existing shade trees," Young said. "We used a pretty large palette of shade-loving plants."
The driveway was gravel, which caused frequent headaches with drainage and potholes. Now, it's exposed aggregate, keeping the character of the older gravel look without the maintenance issues.
In the area near the pergola is a lovely planting of rhododendrons. Many perennials will pop up in the spring, Young assured me.
"We have been very successful in raising funds for this project, as well as other projects we've undertaken for the MacFarland-Hubbard House," Marsh said. "The Charleston community has been very generous in supporting our efforts and we are very appreciative. We continue to raise funds for the remaining portion that will be undertaken this spring. We feel that we hold the house in stewardship for the community and will continue to hold numerous events throughout the year for the public to enjoy what Charleston has here."
A celebration of the house's 175th anniversary will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 9. The Holiday Open House will feature light refreshments and is open to the public. Call 304-346-8500.
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.