Dennis and Linda Schnecker: 2791 Yarrow Road, Blacksburg
A panoramic view of mountains and woods surrounds this multi-faceted hillside garden that flows downhill from a cheerful passive-solar three-story house. Close to the house are lovely walkways, terraces, trellises, steps, and beds nurturing a bounty of plants and shrubs, from Don Juan roses to ferns, heuchera, pieris, and hundred-year-old peonies. Nestled into the slope is a remarkable water garden featuring a natural-rock base discovered when digging began, later augmented with a cascading stream and attractive fish. Farther downhill a white gazebo covered in hop vines seems to invite a wedding. Native trees such as persimmon and redbud have been joined by numerous others, such as wolf-eye dogwood, triple birch, hop hornbeam, and Chinese fringe. This expansive property reflects both the labor and the love its owners have invested in it.