Years ago I was on the board of directors at our local art organization. There, I met several women artists and art supporters who became long-time friends. We met for dinner monthly and named ourselves the “Art Ladies.” One of the Ladies, Nancy Greever Brooks, a wonderful jewelry and glass artist, moved to Tazewell, Virginia to restore a magnificent 200-year-old home on a hill. Nancy’s artful home has become our base for art projects, adventures, wonderful food, wine, and shopping excursions of all kinds.
During our trips around the Tazewell and Burke’s Garden areas, we have had the pleasure of meeting many of Nancy’s dear friends, including Kim Santolla, owner of Kimberly’s Greenhouse at Pisgah. Kim’s passion, enthusiasm, and gift for nurturing plants and sharing her gift with all is addictive. Her greenhouse is only open a few months during the year, and it seems we NEVER get there during her selling season.
But! Last weekend Nancy took us there to see Kim’s newest venture – a fabulous cutting garden that extends as far as the eye can see, in a gorgeous mountain setting.
A gourd tunnel. A stone maze. A senior photo backdrop. A 100-foot-long Foxglove bed. Sip & Plant events.
So, without more words from me to take away from Kim’s magic, here are some of my favorite images from the Art Ladies’ visit last Saturday.
Back in the greenhouses, we discovered masses of maturing mums. What a sight they will be soon, all over Tazewell and beyond. There were many treats for the eyes that I wanted to take home, but sadly we had limited space in the vehicle. Next visit, I vow to take an empty Jeep.
Do yourself a favor and take a day trip, or a long weekend, to Tazewell, Virginia and nearby Burke’s Garden. Beautiful, quaint, with a magical quality the Art Ladies discovered years ago.
Here are just some of our favorite destinations in Tazewell
KIMBERLY’S GREENHOUSE hanging baskets, annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables and unique garden ornaments. Custom made containers and hanging baskets
THE FRONT PORCH ON MAIN Breakfast, lunch, brunch, dinner and full bar
BLISS ON MAIN Women’s clothing boutique
CUZ’S UPTOWN BARBEQUE Big steaks, seafood, and international cuisine
FISHER & COMPANY American restaurant
THE WELL COFFEE SHOP Dark Hollow Roasters gourmet coffee locally roasted in Sugar Grove, Virginia, Espresso Flavored Drinks, Italian Sodas, Smoothies, and more.
BACK OF THE DRAGON craft beer, live music, and apparel. The Back of the Dragon is a ride route for either the motorcycle rider or sports car enthusiast looking for a great challenge and beautiful scenery.
In nearby Burke’s Garden
MATTIE’S PLACE GENERAL STORE & BIKE RENTAL The perfect stop for lunch or a hot meal
THE PARSONAGE GUEST HOUSE I rented the house for an art retreat and it was just perfect