Suzette and Jim Birrell's unassuming single-story brick home is surrounded by green lawns and lush gardens.
A stone pathway winds along the front garden, thickly landscaped with roses, lilies, poppies, clematis, ferns, sedums and hostas galore.
I spied blueberry bushes in a bed near the driveway.
Along the side of the home, a small brick patio under a pergola provides a shady spot to sit and enjoy the landscape.
The backyard opens onto a large green lawn punctuated by a bright blue garden shed. (Croquet, anyone?)
Edging the lawn are huge beds full of color and texture.
A large vegetable garden lies between the shed and the back patio.
These artichokes look good enough to eat.
In a shady spot between two tall trees, this hammock beckons the weary to take a break. Alas, more gardens await!
See more photos of the Birrell garden on my Flickr page. Next up: the Tucker garden.
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