If you've been cruising on the Blackwater River arm of the lake in the past few years, you no doubt saw a home being constructed in South Harbour, the former campground in Scruggs just upriver from the Crazy Horse cove. The home itself took two and a half years to build, though counting the dock construction and time spent drawing up plans, the project took five years.
Denise Tuttle, executive chair of the Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour, delves into the heart of the tour’s success and why it is thriving into its silver anniversary.
It’s that “perfect boating” time of year again. The heavy summer traffic is behind us. The sun is less intense. The haze that clouds our views of mountains in the distance is gone. There are hints of color in the early-turning trees.
Larry and Joyce Horne’s dock is home to a 30-foot Hunter sailboat, a 23-foot runabout and a Sea-Doo, but it feels more like a real home over the water. There is a sitting area around a propane-powered fire table, a kitchen with cherry cabinets, a microwave, convection oven, refrigerator, popcorn machine and a bar; five tables, each with seating for six to 10 people; and a cute and spacious gazebo.
One of the classiest of classy events to take place at SML each year is the Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour.
Think tall. The latest trend in gardening is going vertical, and it’s not a passing fad. Vertical gardening adds an important dimension to a design and is particularly effective in docks and patios, tight areas such as a small deck and expanses of blank walls or fences.
Although Jim and Barbara Grant bought their lot in The Boardwalk in January 1995, it was only after he retired from Alstom Power Co. that they built their home, which was completed in February 2013.
Pete Kaufman, a member of the Franklin County Master Gardeners, donated more than 325 tomato and pepper seedlings, which were recently planted in the Giving Garden at the Booker T. Washington National Monument.
More than 70 participants, the largest ever, turned out for the Smith Mountain Lake Garden Club’s annual luncheon on May 12 at The Water’s Edge Country Club in Penhook.
Jeanne Wagoner, founder of the Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour, talks with SML Newcomers members Nancy Cross and Coleen Enslow following her presentation at the group’s May 11 meeting at Trinity Ecumenical Parish.
Shoppers peruse the plants for sale at the Moneta Garden Club’s annual plant sale at Trinity Ecumenical Parish near Hales Ford Bridge on May 9. The club expects to raise $1,500 to provide scholarships for students to attend nature camp.
As part of Virginia Master Gardeners, members of the Franklin County chapter are working on several community service projects throughout the county.
The SML Garden Club’s annual Spring Luncheon is May 12 at 11:30 a.m. at The Waters Edge Country Club in Penhook.
After 25 years of supporting area charities, the Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour is broadening its fundraising focus.
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Nurture a garden and you nurture your body, soul and spirit. You also are participating in a creative activity that can affect your life deeply in unexpected ways. In her book, “Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening,” author Fran Sorin says, “Through gardening, we develop a spiritual relationship with nature. … Gardening can be one of the most profound ways to unearth the creative spirit buried within every one of us.”
The Master Naturalists, Blue Ridge, Foothills and Lakes chapter, along with the Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park joined together at the state park to support environmental programs on Earth Day. Planting an American chestnut tree are Dick LeRoy and Kathy Scott from the Master Naturalists with park interpreter Jet Lawler. Eight participants planted three chestnut trees, 10 dogwoods and three redbuds in areas throughout the park.