Meadows and Gardens A-buzz with Life!

When we made the decision to install two meadows on former pasture land in the year 2000, we were one of the first, if not the first, historic site in Virginia to create native grassland wildlife habitats. You can read more about the many benefits of h …

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Restoration progress

Two new gates were installed at Belmont in late November, 2016.  Different in style and age, both are replicas of gates that were part of the landscape that Gari and Corinne Melchers created. The gate that separated the barn yard from the pasture was n …

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Barn yard restoration efforts continue

The barnyard restoration efforts moved forward recently with the installation of the restored gate and replicated fence running between the stable and cow barn. The fence is a replica of a surviving section of Melchers period fencing.  It is tight to t …

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Grow Great Spring Flowers and Pollinators Will Come!

Spring blooming Scabiosa will attract bees from the get go of the season. Scabiosa Blue Cockade. Spring blooming flowers are about so much more than just gorgeous flowers.  Those featured in my book Cool Flowers are spring bloomers, but they also offer …

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Group Tours & So Much More!

Can you think of a better way to enjoy time with friends than with a tour of Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont? Often described as a hidden gem, our site has something for everyone ─ antiques, art, history, gardens, and a beautiful museum shop. …

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A Gardener’s Favorite Things

These are a few of my favorite things… Felco pruners and holster Most gardeners have a few favorite tools they reach for over and over again. For me, the most important tool I have is my Felco #8 pruning shears. These are bypass pruners that I carry wi …

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Springtime at Belmont

Springtime has always been a magical time at Belmont.

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Another Ramblin’ Rose Graces Belmont

“…the vision of a flourishing rose outside his own backdoor proved impossible to resist.”

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Winter Gardening

Winter is a good time to settle down with seed and plant catalogs and a nice cup of hot tea.

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Belmont’s Roses

Since my first days at Belmont in 1999, I have combed through our archives looking for clues to what the buildings, gardens, and grounds looked like when Gari and Corinne Melchers lived and worked here. It became apparent early on that roses played an …

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