The font in the butterfly garden came from an old church; the white ceramic balls on the ground, salvaged from a water refinery system, add a touch of mystery.

 

Is there anything more cheery than a Gerbera daisy?

 

Bucolic Silverbrook Farm in Purcellville, Virginia, has gorgeous views. Planted with chocolate vine, the arbor beside the stone walk makes a romantic spot for brides and grooms to exchange wedding vows.

 

Dotti Shetterly relaxes on a favorite perch, a tree bench made for her by her late husband.

 

Dotti likes the colorful combination of Russian sage, catmint, and Knock Out roses.

 

Chandeliers hang at either end of the generous porch; they create a romantic glow when Dotti lights the candles after night falls.

 

A daybed, table, and chairs make the porch a convivial spot; two of Dotti's sibs come almost every day for coffee. On balmy nights, she sleeps on the daybed.

 

Dotti, who dislikes "tight" plants, chose these pink asters for the perennial garden because of the way they look when the wind is blowing.

 

Dotti created this vignette of plants spilling from an urn and pot.

 

These succulents bring a hint of drier climates to the verdant hills of Virginia.

 

Echoing the blue of the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains is the roof of the old stone smokehouse, now used as a rental.

 

Perfect for telling secrets is this nest in the children's garden, made by Mark Rogers. A rustic ladder leads to it.

 

Statues impart an air of classicism; this one is in the outdoor bathhouse, which has a tub and teak bench for sunbathing.

 

Fresh and lovely as the black-eyed Susans is the neighbor girl picking flowers from the butterfly garden.

 

These playful mushrooms are part of the children's garden.

 

Young visitors love playing tic-tac-toe on this outdoor version of the game.

 

When she hosts weddings, Dotti takes brides and grooms to this charming spot for a snack and rest between the ceremony and the reception.

 

This birdhouse is one of many charming accents.

 

It's tea time in the garden.

 

Dotti's dog, Joe, surveys the Blue Ridge Mountains from the porch.

 

Glorious old trees shade the property.

 

Details make a garden.

 

Dotti's neighbors--twin sisters--love playing in the children's garden.

 

Freedom!

 

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Virginia Farm Garden

A whimsical dairy farm inspires imagination

Written by Rebecca Christian
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Helen Norman

Glorious old trees shade the property.

 

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