Shadowlake Village Garden Tour

The August Sustainable Blacksburg Garden Tour was held at Shadowlake Village. This was the first neighborhood-scale garden tour. Residents of SLV highlighted an array of sustainable garden and landscape practices they are practicing not only on their private lots, but across shared open spaces: meadows, forests, and gardens on their 33 acre property. Some highlights of the tour included:

  • 17 acre mature hardwood forest (preserved by intentional site design by the neighborhood’s founding members)
  • 8 acre native grassland meadow
  • Invasive species removal efforts on common lands
  • Native plant propagation station (funded by a Sustainable Blacksburg mini-grant)
  • Community gardens and orchard
  • Forest farming efforts to integrate wild native edible and medicinal plants into the forest understory
  • Native plant and pollinator/wildlife friendly landscaping, both in common spaces and private yards
  • Community composting
Sustainable Blacksburg awarded a $500 grant to Shadowlake Village for the development of a native plant propagation station.
SLV will be raising native plants to replace the invasives residents have been removing, like this 25-year-old Asiatic bittersweet vine!
Laying the groundwork for the propagation station.
Construction underway.

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