Roses cover the terraced archway of Anne Miller's garden on Fincastle Road — vestiges of the New Dawn variety, in full bloom and buoyed up on the lattice work.
Her entranceway guides visitors along a brick path to the garden that she has grown organically for 46 years. She lovingly tends flowers, herbs and vegetables alike.
Among exotic, pale orange lilies and the yellow cups of wildflowers, Miller's favorite plants are those that have been given to her by friends and loved ones. She has brought inspiration home from the Château de Villandry in France, but the garden as it sits now, across from Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate, blooms with Southern flair in the shade and comfort of a magnolia tree.
Here are Miller's tips for gardeners:
1. Use compost instead of chemicals.
2. Water roses deeply two to three times a summer. No more is necessary.
3. Space new plants with enough room to grow but where they will be touching when mature. This helps prevent weeds from growing underneath.
4. Flowers and vegetables grow well together.
5. Visit your garden every day for pleasure and to monitor its health.
6. To get rid of pesky plants like poison ivy, use boiling water.