A Tree Steward Shares Her Garden


On June 8, Tree Steward Patience Wadley and her husband, Haydn, welcomed more than 100 guests to their garden, which was opened to the public as part of the Piedmont Master Gardeners’ “Through the Garden Gate” program. CATS and PMG volunteers were on hand to greet and guide visitors as they strolled through this stunning landscape.

Patience and Haydn Wadley

When Patience and Haydn moved into their home 30 years ago, the only tree in the yard was a single Bradford pear (Pyrus calleryana). Today the property hosts some 50 varieties of oaks, maples, tulip trees, dogwoods, paw-paws, birches, beeches, sycamores, magnolias, lindens, blackgums, sweetgums, black locusts, cherries and parrotia, as well as cedars, spruces and pines. Artfully placed amongst shrubs and perennials in undulating beds, these trees create a palette of shapes, textures and colors that delights the eye in every season.

Many thanks to Patience and Haydn for sharing the results of their hard work and keen talent for design.

Haydn Wadley and Tree Steward Jacki Vawter

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