A panoramic window to the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains

The Viewsite is an expansive garden room, carpeted by grasses and feature two stone terraces that invite visitors to perch atop the peak of our mountaintop garden and breathe in the mountain air. Hidden from view by the elevation of this garden room, the last terrace serves as a transition between the more formal lawn of the Viewsite and the natural woodlands of the Reserve. A rustic carved wooden bench and chairs provide the perfect spot to enjoy this window to the world of the southern Appalachians.

Explore: Viewsite Gallery

The Viewsite came into being as an illustration of the old adage “necessity is the mother of invention.” Blasting for the upper end of the pond produced many truckloads of rock debris. Since it was too expensive to haul the rock debris off the mountain, we had to find a way to use it here. Thanks to the genius of Jack Owen, our rock and boulder man, he designed a series of terraces from which a unique view of the mountains could be experienced. Thus, the Viewsite came into being.

Plant Varieties:

  • Silene virginica
  • Kalmia buxifolia
  • Rhododendron ‘Maxcat’
  • Gernanium m. ‘espresso’
  • Phlox triflora
  • Columbine
  • Sedum terantum
  • Huckleberry, Blueberry highbush
  • Physocarpus – Ninebark
  • Hydrangea arborescens
  • Spirea tomentosa – Hardhack
  • Rhododendron minus
  • Resurrection fern
  • Heauchera
  • Painted Indian grass
  • Echinacea purpurea ‘Ruby Star’
  • Echinacea purpurea ’Magnus’
  • Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’
  • Joe Pye weed
  • Chrysogonum virginianum