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The Garden Club of Virginia provided the funds for the 2016 restoration of the hardy orange, Poncirus trifoliata, hedge by the Visitor Center entrance. The plants have evergreen stems, are very thorny and have small oranges that persist in the winter. It can be pruned into a thick hedge, and it was used to keep livestock out of the garden. The Melcherses planted this hedge in the 1920s and thanks to the Garden Club of Virginia we now have it back in the garden.


  • Restored Hardy Orange Hedge, 2020
  • Before Restoration
  • Ready for Planting, 2016
  • In the Ground, 2016
  • Restored Hardy Orange Hedge, 2016