Hemmed into the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains outside Bluemont, Virginia, family-run Great Country Farms spans 200 acres and is still growing. Here, the Zurschmeide family welcomes visitors to dip their toes into farm living on land that churns out produce including blackberries, peaches, pumpkins, and potatoes.
A multitude of attractions sprawl across the farm's grounds, from mazes to hayrides to a barnyard full of friendly cows, chickens, and pigs waiting for a handful of tasty feed or a blank check they can use to upgrade to the penthouse pen. Each season presents a variety of pick-your-own-produce opportunities as well as a full calendar of events at the farm, including Mother’s Day celebrations in the spring, barbecues in the summer, and a Cider Festival in the fall. When not hosting its own events, the farm opens its facilities to special gatherings such as weddings and birthdays.
Bob Wollam's life is in full bloom. Since 1989, the gardener has surrounded himself with 11 acres of fresh flowers, more than 80 varieties of trees, shrubs, and perennials, and a volunteer army of green-thumbed interns. And the plants aren't the only beauty to fill the grounds. A federal house dating back to 1819 features antique furnishings and was fully restored over Bob's first ten years on the farm. Guests are welcome to spend the night, and get full old-fashioned experience with fresh-baked goods from Bob's sister Karen, who lives next door, and eggs or career advice from the farm's chickens.
The talented landscapers from Rock Water Farm bring visions for outdoor living space to reality through projects that range from mowing and mulching to installation of patios and pools. On an initial fact-finding visit, a member of the team tours the grounds with the homeowner, asking pointed questions about the property, making notes of topography, and jotting down any landscaping-related items lodged in the client’s dreamcatcher. With these considerations in mind, he’ll draw up a budget and put together detailed plans with full-color drawings before returning to subject them to the client’s scrutiny. If everything looks up to snuff, the team moves forward with installation, operating in an efficient manner with close oversight and frequent drop-ins from founder and owner Todd Thomasson. Todd’s bona fides include a degree in landscape and turf management from the College of Agriculture at Virginia Tech.
The staff at Adam's Tree And Landscaping harnesses more than 30 years of combined experience to carefully remove unwanted trees, plow snow, and clean up storm damage from residential and commercial properties. Adam’s design and installation professionals also mastermind landscape transformations, replacing carnivorous triffids with bricked patios, sidewalks, and new plants to create eye-catching outdoor areas.
The sun has risen over Ridgefield Farm & Orchard for more than a century, dusting its orchard's apple trees, its winding cornfield maze, and its acres of pumpkins with warm, nurturing rays. Generations have flocked there from across the country, snipping fresh buds from flower gardens during the summer months or scampering though the pumpkin patch come fall. The advent of autumn also marks the beginning of the farm’s apple-picking season, when dwarf orchard trees grow heavy with juicy gala, empire, and 13 other varieties. After the annual pumpkin-picking and Halloween celebrations have passed, the grounds offer up an abundance of firs and spruces to be used as Christmas trees or stacked up and tied together into one giant Christmas tree. Throughout the year, the onsite country store peddles seasonal produce and housemade jams to boast the bounty of the farm's fields and to keep visitors fueled.
The knowledgeable landscaping technicians from Suburban Lawnscapes bring more than 25 years of combined experience to the landscapes they revitalize. A compendious array of services keep lawns and gardens looking lush, and the outdoor artistes fertilize lawns, banish weeds, and install sod for front-yard football games or attempts to grass stain wedding dresses in time for St. Patrick’s Day.