Hannah’s Garden at Walnut Cove

Ever wonder about the landscaping surrounding the beautiful golf course at The Cliffs at Walnut Cove? Here, our landscaper, Hannah, tells us a little bit about the magic behind Hannah’s Garden at Walnut Cove.

-We are super excited about the new season and can’t wait for you to see new improvements on the grounds.

Though fall and winter are typically considered periods of rest, that isn’t the case for the Walnut Cove landscape. The relatively mild winter here allows us to stay busy year round. This is when the magic happens in order to produce the colorful gardens coming in spring/summer. After leaf fall and frost settles, the starkness of the landscape offers an opportunity to evaluate what worked in the gardens, what didn’t, and how to improve. Renovation and improvement projects are underway! After tucking in a few thousand flower bulbs (here, there and everywhere) we began two notable improvement projects. The first is located above the chipping green where we removed the hodgepodge of shrubs and replaced them with a mix of primarily evergreen plants. The goal is to keep this area low maintenance, but visually appealing year round. With the backdrop of yellow, green and blue conifers, the bright orange berries of the Winterberry Hollies will add a fun pop of color interest through the winter. The generous spacing of the shrubs is necessary to allow the plants to grow in and fill out in a healthy manner. Then, in late summer expect to see a pocket of impossibly charming bulbs emerge to really rally you on.

The second project underway is located near the ladies tee box on #16. The design utilizes a mix of brightly colored perennials selected especially for their long bloom period. But wait, there’s more! We’ve decided to experiment with perennial tulips in this bed as well. If successful, these tulips will deliver an enjoyable color display year after year. This area of the course is heavily populated with deer so we are also trying a new deer repellent (one purported to have no offensive odor to us) to help protect the new bulbs from becoming tasty snacks for our four-legged neighbors.

Meanwhile you don’t have to wait much longer for spring…already Lenten roses have bloomed with forsythia and fragrant hyacinth following suit. I hope you enjoy the show. I look forward to seeing you out there in Hannah’s Garden at Walnut Cove!