In our increasingly busy lives, our gardens should provide an oasis for us, a place of tranquility and joy. The city gardens of Calder Loth, Senior Architectural Historian with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and honorary member of the Garden Club of Virginia, do just that. Located in Richmond’s Fan District, Calder’s resplendent home gardens reflect his taste in gardening and reveal his ample knowledge of plants.
He has designed borders overflowing with vibrant color using high performing plants accustomed to the heat of summer. Art objects, flower filled terra-cotta pots and mismatched pavings and stones provide a major impact.
A visual bonus is a wooden structure topped with terra-cotta pots. What do you think you will see if you attempt to enter the gate and pass under the arch? You will see yourself. Calder designed the back of this structure with a mirror to provide folly in the garden and to visually increase the garden space.
Not only has he made use of the all perimeters of his property, his gardening passion has inspired him to extend his gardens from his yard to a public alley where he created a sun-filled flower border for passersby to enjoy.
It is said that every garden is a reflection of the owner and has a unique story to tell. From his gardens, we know that Calder Loth is a talented horticulturist with a love for beautiful gardens and a desire to share his passion.
The Garden Club of Virginia cherishes its association with Calder. Whether advocating for historic garden restoration, researching, writing for Historic Garden Week in Virginia, or serving on the Fellowship Site Selection Committee, Calder Loth is a valued friend of the Garden Club of Virginia.
Ann Hohenberger, The Garden Club of Gloucester