Such a beautiful weekend! There was no way we could stay inside reading the Sunday paper, nodding off to sleep, and not getting outside in the fresh air and enjoying the day. Tom, Hannah, and I decided to head to Raphine, halfway between Staunton and Lexington, and tour Buffalo Springs Herb Farm. Tom and I had been there once before years ago, but this was Hannah's first trip to the gardens.
We first strolled through the big red barn shop. I love gardening shops, and there were so many neat things to "browse but not buy!" As you can see, they had decorative outdoor stars everywhere, and may I add I thought they were very expensive! Depending on size, they ranged in price from $48 to $68 to $88! I think a red one would look terrific on the side of our shed, and if they would have come down in price, say 20 bucks each, I would have purchased one. Does anyone have a star? Are they all in that price range? Does anyone know what the story is behind them? I'd enjoy hearing what you know about them.
Then we toured the various themed gardens. Of course, we were a little early for all the blooming summer flowers, but the garden landscaping and the spring plantings were lovely. Hannah enjoyed perusing the enclosed heirloom vegetable garden and seeing their raised beds and the flowers surrounding the garden fence. The rhubarb plant was absolutely huge! And the Egyption onions were unusual and very thick! I would love to go back to visit later and see them in bloom. The round purple plants to the right are allium. I think these might be a good bulb for my garden next year--very striking.
It was quite a breezy afternoon, and the garden chimes were very melodious under the arbor. It was so relaxing to stroll through this area. Tom and Hannah posed near the Medieval Garden, and you can see another set of chimes behind them in this picture.
Afterwards, we toured Wade's Mill, a working flour mill built in 1750 and powered by a 21-foot water wheel. I think Hannah wanted to bring home all the grain in this huge bin, but the owner told us they only sold the flour, because it was hard to purchase enough grain locally to mill for their own use.
I think a trip to Buffalo Springs Herb Farm would make a great day trip when guests come to visit. A picnic area is located across the road from the Barn Shop, in addition to a 2-mile round-trip trail and a waterfall at the 1-mile mark. Sounds like a for-sure place to take my sister this summer!