Phil and Georgette Wickham: 2438 Fishers View Road, Shawsville
From the wide pastures of this 305-acre farm, two classic riverbed retaining walls support terraces for a thoughtfully-updated historic house and an overlook of trees, shrubs, and outcroppings of the same stone. Seating areas, including a porch, terrace with pergola, and springhouse-side patio, invite comfortable enjoyment of the varied garden pleasures around them. Perennials such as primroses and garden phlox snuggle up to the back of the house, while annual pots on the terraces and various plants in front and side beds display a happy riot of color, with white flowers for contrast and night-time interest. Asian stone sculptures anchor surrounding plants, and vegetables, herbs, and flowers peek from the raised back area. This exuberant garden draws the eye close-up, even as the vistas beyond-stream, fields, and mountains-extend its scope.