Ralph and Leslie Sweetland
"Our Neck of the Woods Garden"
Click on image of Ralph to see sample of guest plants
Our Neck of the Woods Garden, owned by Ralph and Leslie Sweetland, is located in the northern part of the City of Chesapeake. The house was purchased in 1994 with overgrown foundation plantings of junipers and shaded by pine trees and sweetgum trees. All of these have been removed to provide a clean slate. This small 2/3 acre garden backs up to a wooded area. However, the yard is packed with 6 daylily beds containing well over 500 cultivars, a seedling bed, a guest plant bed, a pollinator bed and a vegetable garden. Ralph is hooked on spiders and unusual forms. He has dabbled in hybridizing for about 6 years and should be registering about 4 daylilies this year. He has several unusual forms he hopes will knock your socks off. Leslie favors the coral colors, small and miniatures and anything that catches her eye.
They are avid bird watchers and wildlife lovers with bird houses and 28 feeding stations. While in their garden, you may see ruby-throated hummingbirds, eastern bluebirds, 4 species of woodpeckers, wrens, nuthatches, Carolina chickadees, finches and variety of other birds. The Sweetlands have both retired, but on visiting their home it won’t take long to see their garden is their full time job.