Thanks our visiting our website. If you are in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwestern Virginia I hope you will stop by the farm and and see us in person. Please check for our open dates and times. We would be pleased to hear from you! Let us know what your needs and questions are, we will be more than happy to help.
Think of us for your event needs; We hope you will consider us for your special Wedding Day, Family Reunions, Birthday parties or your even this years Christmas Party. Catering is available or bring your own food.
Particulars available upon request, now booking weddings for 2014 and 2015.
With a large meeting space complete with all the audio/video needs for a conference, a complete kitchen and separate rooms for breakout or the bride to change in. Serendipity’s serene setting can provide a wide variety of entertainment needs. From outdoor weddings in the gardens or even in a butterfly house to bridal showers, baby showers, birthday parties or retirement parties and all life’s special occasions in between. Let Serendipity provide that memorable day for you. Corporate meetings/retreats or just a unique location for an office party, we look forward to offering our help to accomplish your goal.
Our property includes a 2 acre display garden, a walk through butterfly house, 4.5 miles of trails, a several acre pond and a wide variety of outdoor locations for your group to enjoy. Whether an intimate gathering or a party for 75, let Serendipity provide the perfect venue for your special day.
To learn more about our programs or to see what our customers say about us please click on the drop down links to the left.
Why not bring your group for a hike or take a ride on Lick Mountain Excursions. Yes, even in the off season, winter months you can get in a great hike or ride and be sure to bring your cameras and take some great wildlife shots? If you would like to schedule a visit please go to our "contact us" link to the left.
Click on the favorite links, see the link to the left, and click on accomodations for great B&B's in the area.
Above is what our central quadrant looks in spring. Below check out the colors of fall, is it any wonder fall is my favorite time of year?
This collage above was taken by one of our visitors, an amazing photographer, Jan Call. I wanted to share her view of Beagle Ridge from earlier this summer.
Enjoy these pictures from this summer. With all the rain from this summer the gardens have never been prettier.
Our farm building houses our herbal line of products including soap, lotions and a variety of dried flowers, tea, potpourri and of course, Lavender. There are 14 theme gardens and our herb collections: Lavender, Thyme, Oregano and Salvias.
We grow Lavender and we sell Lavender plants, dried bouquets, sachets and bulk Lavender. You can go to our webstore by clicking on the products link, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for bulk Lavender. We dry it in the building and the fragrance is so overpowering and we actually open the doors to air it out ( What a complaint-too much Lavender). We have many varities of lavender so we had about 6-8 weeks of bloom time, since they overlap in bloom sequence.
This is Grosso, one of the 14 varieties of Lavender we sell.
If nothing else gardening teaches patience!!!
We are presently scheduling group tours and speaking engagements for lunch and are also scheduling weddings for 2014 & 15. Ask for a list of programs available and lunch options-yes be sure to come enjoy an herbal lunch in the gardens.
Nestled in a valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Beagle Ridge Herb Farm awaits you. Nature is the watchword at Beagle Ridge. Prior to becoming our dream come true our 160 acre property was part of a 2,000 acre hunting preserve. It's pristine beauty is what nurtures us daily and we would like to share it's bounty with you.
Our farm building was the site of the pen raised quail and partridge and the mountains around us are filled with wildlife. We share the farm with deer, turkey, grouse,rabbits, numerous bird species and even black bear. Gardening in this situation is a challenge: however we have encroached upon them so we need to work with them.
Our Tea Garden is redone every few years due to the abundance of mints we use. These herbs do tend to take over and we are now using these terra cots tiles to contain them. It also makes a nice sculture aspect to the gardens. Everything in these beds can be used for a tea. Come sip teas and watch the hummingbirds, or birds, and enjoy the quiet.
The remainder of the gardens include a formal walled herbal display garden, a Lavender walk ( check our photo page), Thyme, Oregano and Lavender collections, a pergola which shades our medicinal herbs, a water garden, a Cottage garden,a Wildlife habitat garden, shrub borders with rogusa roses for long season bloom, a Japanese Meditation garden,a Tea Garden and a Gravel/ Mediterranean garden ( yes everything is planted in a substance we call "Dirty Rock").The picture below shows the Thyme walk which is in bloom and looks like a persian carpet. All the plants are xeric, which means they can survive with little or no additional watering ( of course that means after being established).
The woodland garden has filled in and provides the only true shade in the gardens. The Viburnums create the backdrop to our shade lovers, Columbine, Hepatica, Ginger and many others.In addtion we have lots of berry producing shrubs whch provide a food source for the birds.
The dry-bed through the woodland helps eliminate a water problem which occurs when we have thunderstorms. Along this temporary watercourse we have many primroses, ferns, columbines, sweet woodruff and Golden Alexander. The pines were in place and since shade is at a premium in the garden we decided to provide a shady habitat which was lacking in the garden.
We built a raised bed planter with wheelchair accessibility- I call this my Garden for all Ages. We are in the process of redoing this area so please excuse our mess.There are lots of other areas to focus on and this will be replanted and pretty again soon. Since it is raised I have found out how much more enjoyable it was to plant, care for and harvest from it.
The Bee balm will be a permanent fixture in the bed but we have new raised veggie beds so no more vegetables in this bed now- wait and see what we do next... This simple planter box is just the right height for wheelchairs and at less than 3' wide is accessible on all sides. The two legs of the raised planter contain herbs on one side and cutting perennials in the other.
They say if you will build it they will come, Well if you plant it they will come too.
In addition to the status as a CertifiedHabitat Garden with the National WIldlife Federation,this is now a certified Monarch Watch Site. It is a myriad of color and activity. We enjoy a chorus of bird song in the morning and bullfrogs at night. We have resident birds, bunnies and too many species of butterflies to mention. In addition the frogs, fence lizards and toads were doing their job on the insect population.
Harvesting was completed in August and we have Lavender available as bunches, sachets and of course in bulk for your crafting needs.
The Knot garden is in the background of this picture. It has now been replanted in Grey Santolina, a wonderful pink Germander and a Rosmarinus Santolina in the center. Come see what a few years of growth will do.
The slate wall surrounding the Formal garden, was an anniversary present from my husband. This creates a microclimate around the herbs, protecting them from the biting winter winds. All our hardscape( fences, walls, rock paths, etc.)helps absorb the heat of the sun and then release it at night and as such we are able to grow plants which normally could not survive in this zone. The Spanish Lavender, in the picture, is a great example of that- normally hardy to zone 8, it has thrived in our zone 6 climate due to the optimal drainage and lots of reflective heat from the stone and the slate wall. We get some winter kill, but once we do a bit of pruning it comes into bloom in April and will bloom on an off most of the summer. The hardscape also lends a scupltural addition to the gardens. When the plants are dormant,the bones of the garden are visible and that is a great time to do planning for the next year.
The playhouse in the children's garden inspires future gardeners- how better to introduce a child to the joys of "digging in the dirt"? Children of all ages seem to gravitate to the Children's garden. Last year we let it sit fallow as we decided what changes to make. We now have some raised beds for our Tomatoes, garlic and herbs. Come see what changes we have made every year. We have added a patio to the playhouse and moved the compost pile and the insectary has been a great learning tool.
Be sure to check out our progresss either by visiting at the farm or on this web site.