We pre-recorded today’s conversation via Zoom for Tourism Tuesday – Luray/Page County edition – with Edie from Luray/Page County Chamber of Commerce and her guest, Lesley Mack, owner and Master Gardener from Birdsong Pleasure Garden located in Luray. Birdsong Pleasure Garden allows visitors a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of life while offering them a variety of picturesque gardens, mountain vistas, strolling paths, water features, and al fresco dining. It is a garden of pleasure and learning, relaxing yet filled with ideas to take home. Lesley explains the inception & history of pleasure gardens and tells us about their garden and it’s transformation in the 28 years since they purchased the property. She talks about the various garden & school groups who tour their gardens for educational and relaxation purposes as well as individualized tours and workshops offered throughout the year by the now retired couple. There are many gardens to enjoy while visiting Birdsong Pleasure Garden:

  • The Herb Garden includes a fountain, a sundial, and is laid out in triangular quadrants that are bordered with paths and shrubs. The handmade pavers are reclaimed from a historic home in Luray.
  • The Water Gardens is a haven for the goldfish, dragonflies, frogs and birds, adding to wildlife propagation.
  • The Veggie Garden
  • Shade and Bonsai Garden contains a number of woodland plants; small shrubs, trees, ground covers, mosses, as well as a variety of ferns, Hellebores, and a small pond. The Bonsai garden is influenced by Japanese traditions. The Bonsai create a miniaturized but realistic representation of nature in the form of a tree.
  • Orchards provide suitable amounts of food for Leslie & Tom to preserve, as well as providing a suitable habitat for animal species that live in their cultured landscape.
  • Hydrangea Walk is planted with Hydrangeas that flourish in sun and shade. The varieties offer huge bouquets of clustered flowers from mophead to lacecap, summer through fall.
  • Unique Evergreens are distinguished from the popular evergreen trees that normally adorn the landscape. Varigated White Pine, Contorted Pine, Firs, Cedars, and Redwoods grace the evergreen forest area. They are a collection, more than merely ornamental.
  • The Alle’e is unlike the alle’es or avenues used as a straight route with a line of identical trees. Their alle’e is interplanted with trees and large shrubs that run along each side of the curved grassy pathway. Unique trees and shrubs are used for the alle’e which adds to the landscaped gardens.
  • East Glade is evolving from what was once partially a meadow, into now, a wooded area. The East Glade provides year-round habitat for wildlife that includes songbirds, small mammals, and beneficial insects. It is a transition zone between the other garden areas.
  • Hemerocallis is an enormous genus that includes tens of thousands of cultivars from only about a dozen species. Daylilies are located throughout the gardens with their colorful, exuberant blooms in a wide range of colors and shapes from late spring through summer.
  • Cutting Garden is a production garden, so design correctness is not always followed. This area is filled with flowers and foliage that is enjoyed. This is an area for experimenting with new plants and colors.
  • South Garden/Native Plantings runs the width of the property. The grassy walkways curve through the shade of overhanging trees, native species trail and sculptures. The plantings include azaleas, various native species, Magnolias, Buckeyes, Ginkgos, Holly, and Franklinia.
  • The North Lawn is an English garden presenting an idealized view of nature, including a lake, sweeps of gently rolling lawns set against groves of trees all designed for the idyllic promenade of those visitors who walked its grounds. The North Lawn provides visitors with a chance to promenade as well.

To schedule a tour or visit to Birdsong Pleasure Garden, call 540-743-9389 or send an email to: birdsongpleasuregarden@gmail.com. You can also visit their website: http://www.birdsongpleasuregarden.info/ and follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BirdsongPG/