They had me at hello. Perhaps an overused cliche, but apropos. As soon as I pulled onto the gravel path, I knew. I knew I was entering a private garden that would be like no other.
The garden bordered on a borrowed view. Typically these views – mountains, oceans, rivers, vistas of sorts, add to a garden’s drama. In the case of this garden, I had to remind myself there was more beyond the border. I couldn’t get past the color, the variety, the wildlife.
Sitting on the banks of the James River in Suffolk, Virginia is the garden of Bill and Linda Pinkham. The color would have been enough, but at every turn, there was excitement from fountains, containers, art, paths, and unusual plants. From a design perspective, the placement of each was masterful. One more accent, and it would be too much. Take away one, but it would feel like something was missing.
The daylilies were at their peak. For the Pinkhams, the daylily peak is long lasting with the careful selection of over 500 varieties to give a long and colorful display.
I was not there for a public garden tour or special event where gardeners tidy up for company; I was there with a friend of the Pinkhams. As I looked around, it occurred to me how immaculate the garden was. I’m sure the Pinkhams would disagree, but from my perspective, it was ready for the TV crews to come.
The love and care given this garden is truly why it greeted me so…it greeted me with a happy hello.
The view as you enter the property