You’re in for an extra special treat during the WHNA Twlight Tour on April 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. It’s the spectacular garden of “Boxwood” at 5021 Riverside Drive, which is only open to Westover Hills residents (and their guests) during the private Twilight Tour. Built in 1928, this Georgian home has been in the Chapin family for four generations and almost 90 years. High on a bluff, the property’s three acres offer magnificent views of the Railroad Bridge, the Carillon, the Nickel Bridge, and Maymont. Yes, all the homes on the tour have great views, but THIS garden will be the ‘piece de resistance’ of the tour! You won’t want to miss it!
At “Boxwood,” you can explore the intricacies of a maze through enormous boxwoods, take in the lovely Asian-themed water garden with its bridge and Asian statues (including a clay terra-cotta reproduction of a bowman warrior found in the tombs of the emperors of China in Xian), and view the river in both directions from the formal 1928 slate terrace and and several other decks and terraces. The family can enjoy fresh figs, in season, from the Syrian and Turkish fig trees. Other plantings include dogwood, redbud, wisteria, old-fashioned pearl bush, rose of Sharon, azalea, nandina, forsythia, mountain laurel, annual and perennial flowers, Soloman’s Seal with blueberries and seasonal bulbs.