Time to Plant the Landscaping!

Jun. 21st 2013

Tomorrow is the big day!

We are finally getting our landscaping at 10am by flatbed truck!

We have put out a call for volunteers and have to say we are so happy to hear we have people coming from far and wide! We have even had one of the Board of Supervisors help us get the work out! Ruby Brabo placed a call to help on her Board of Supervisors Facebook Page and sent it out through her email list. This resulted in the Free Lance Star placing us on their online blog! A big Shout Out to Ruby and the Free Lance Star for helping us!


June 21st, 2013, 1:04 pm

Cathy Dyson

Volunteers needed for Belle Grove project

Brett and Michelle Darnell, who are planning to open a bed-and-breakfast at Belle Grove Plantation, are getting truckloads of trees, shrubs and plants tomorrow, starting at 10 a.m.

They’re asking that anyone who’s interested in helping them with their restoration plan to improve the landscaping to show up with gardening tools, gloves and shovels.

“Not only is this a great opportunity to demonstrate our sense of community, but if you have ever wondered what was at the end of the long driveway, now is the time to satisfy your curiosity,” said Supervisor Ruby Brabo in an email.

The Darnells will be working all day, until the trucks are unloaded and the plants are in the ground. They will provide water for those who help.

Belle Grove is the birthplace of President James Madison, and is off U.S. 301 near the Port Royal bridge. In March, the supervisors approved a special exception to let the Darnells open a B&B in the historic home.

The Darnells had wanted to open in March, in time for Madison’s birthday, but were delayed in the permitting process. Then, they set their sights on May 1, but were delayed again. They’re hoping to open by July 1, but again are facing delays—this time because they’re in need of seamstresses.

Please See Our Facebook Page for Updates on the Landscaping tomorrow!

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Pictures to Follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram tomorrow!

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