About

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A hollow is a little fold in the hills.

All gardens are hollow by nature – a central core of land and psyche filled up time after time with whatever the current stewards and fate put into them. This particular Hollow Garden is nestled in the eastern foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains as they fall into the Piedmont of Charlottesville and the sea beyond Richmond and Norfolk.

first winter after deer fence

We view the world from these foothills, a hollow-centric point of view dedicated to attempting a life well-lived, well-examined and well-informed in the company of nature.

 

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I came to landscape design many years ago after leaving the academic track. I worked as a gardener at Monticello and as a landscape supervisor at Albemarle Farms and Morven uvafoundation.com/morven; studied at Piedmont VA Community College, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and J. Sargent Reynolds Community College, learning along the way to love to play with different puzzles of plants, microclimates and people’s desire to recreate their memories and project their hopes onto the land.

In addition to teaching at the University of Virginia School of Continuing and Professional Studies (www.scps.virginia.edu) from 2004 – 2016 and consulting on the home landscape, I’m a proud past-president and board member of the venerable PLA, piedmontlandscape.org, and write for Virginia Gardener (www.vagardener.com) and C’VILLE Abode (www.c-ville.com/abode) magazines.

Come visit and see how we’re getting along.

 

3 Responses to About

  1. roger walker says:

    I love your “we view the world” sentence in its entirety. I wish.
    rbw

  2. Marcus says:

    My wife and I would like to add a vegetable garden to our yard and we are searching for a good looking deer/rabit fence to install. Would you mind sharing the details on your deer fence, namely the materials used for the posts/railings and metal mesh? Thank you.

    Sincerely,

    Marcus

    • Cathy says:

      Hi, Marcus,
      Our deer fence is a very simple 8 foot tall pressure treated wood post and wire mesh, posts set in concrete, basic fencing wire with 2 x 4″ openings, stapled into the wood, with wire a few inches underground to keep out burrowing animals. You could upgrade by using a more expensive wood like cedar and also by getting a better quality of wire, one that’s woven in the corners of the openings for greater strength.
      Good luck!
      Cathy

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