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Making it tour-worthy

With her circa 1900 arts-and-crafts-style home, Weston Hall, slated for this year’s now-canceled Historic Garden Week in Virginia Gloucester-Mathews Garden Tour, Cindy Barnett of Mathews began making some landscaping improvements over a year ago, and the results are certainly tour-worthy. An area that started out as the floor of a garage was re-purposed into a patio that, thanks to hardscape and softscape designs by Sterling Hubbard of Sterling Landscapes, forms the basis for a beautiful outdoor gathering space that verges on a sweeping lawn. Barnett said she wanted the garden to be pretty all year round, but especially in the spring and summer. It’s at its best in May and June, she said, but there are blooms all summer long. Among the varied plants that were chosen to create the effect Barnett wanted were dwarf Peach Drift roses that bloom from mid-spring to late fall and limelight hydrangeas, which start off lime green in color but age to shades of cream, pink, red, and burgundy...

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