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.

The completed native plant propagation station!

Tour attendees learn about the Shadowlake Village orchard.

Sharing refreshments and garden ideas is a fun part of the tours.

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