Linda Hostetler’s Virginia Garden A-Z Blog Challenge


Linda Hostetler’s Virginia Garden

Linda Hostetler is an artist. Like Gertrude Jekyll, she takes an artist’s eye into her one acre garden in The Plains, VA. She has created one of the most beautiful gardens in the country. Featured in many magazines, Linda is my friend and garden inspiration. When it comes to the letter and gardening, my Pinterest board has some Hostetler photographs you must see. @Steve Bender has been writing for @Southern Living a long time and periodically is drawn back to Linda’s garden to write again. Below is a short paragraph he wrote about the good bones in this Virginia garden. It is a prescription for stunning results. There is no better garden to learn from, find inspiration in than when you spend time slowly making your way along the borders. Look up and across the garden’s vista into the beautiful world Linda has created. A bit of heaven in The Plains, VA.

Build Good Bones

“Without organization, a hundred different perennials can look like yard salad. That’s where structures—pathways, evergreens, walls, hedges, edging, small trees, and ponds—come in. They define spaces, direct views, and lend interest even when the garden is dormant. One trick Linda uses is planting boxwoods or other small shrubs to accentuate the arc of a curving bed line. She also plants Japanese maples throughout because they’re so architectural. “They’re amazing,” she notes. “They look like pieces of sculpture.””-Steve Bender

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her:
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2 Responses to Linda Hostetler’s Virginia Garden A-Z Blog Challenge

  1. fatherdragon says:

    That’s a wonderful and well cared garden!

  2. Meg Born says:

    Stepheny, I knew immediately Linda Hostetler as one of my Pinterest friends, but didn’t know you knew her IRL(in real life). Do you know Karen Strohbeen & Bill Luchsinger? It was a lifetime ago when we were still young. She uses her garden as another art medium.

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