Asian Flair at Hazelfield
I'm a little late with this. Should have posted these images in May. But they are too exquisite to wait until next year. And there is a timely connection to China.
Inspired by a visit to Beijing's Summer Palace, where he spied the last empress' peony garden, historian William Howard Adams planted 40 tree peonies at his Shenandoah Valley house, Hazelfield. Adams told Southern Accents that the empress' blooms were massed against a boulder brought in to simulate the plant's rugged habitat in Northern China. This brought to mind the similar limestone outcropping at his own West Virginia home, and he decided to duplicate the display.
Click here to read the NY Times piece about the very un-renovated Hazelfield. Adams is the author of many distinguished titles including Nature Perfected, which became a 12-part PBS series.
[Photography by Lisa Hubbard, Southern Accents, March-April 2006.]