Wednesday, July 13, 2016

A Northern WV Gardener: Beauty in a city block

Weirton, West Virginia is a small industrial town of 17,000 people. As a reference point, the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia is about 40 minutes West of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. The Panhandle is surrounded by Ohio and Pennsylvania and consists primarily of four counties: Hancock, Brooke, Ohio and Marshall.

My goal in writing this garden blog is to introduce you to the beautiful area that makes up Northern West Virginia and its wonderful gardeners, besides gardening on a budget. I hope to share commercial and community gardens, but my heart is mostly with home gardeners like myself.

Becky Walker has been a gardener her whole life and has lived in the house she’s in with her husband for ten years. She is a West Virginia University Master Gardener.

If you click on any photo you will get a slideshow of all the photos and you can see the details better!

The front yard was replaced with raised beds . "When I moved in there was two ugly shrubs in the front. My husband said do whatever you want as long as I can mow around it!" To the right are three water feature urns.

The back yard is a steep slope, then flattens out.

A dry riverbed meanders down the yard...

Pampas grass, butterfly bush, red hot poker plant and Joe Pye Weed line the stream

A fairy garden sculpture made by Glenn Zarfos overlooks the garden

This greenhouse was a kit from Harbor Freight that Becky and her husband put together.

Peony located on the slope

Deck overlooking the back yard

How did Becky become interested in gardening? "I was inspired by my grandparents who taught me to love flowers - and how to pinch them off, root them and take care of them. I wanted to do two things when I retired from nursing: quilting and gardening. I now have a winter hobby and a summer hobby - and I love them both!"

If you know anyone in the Northern Panhandle that has a beautiful garden that they would like to share with us, please let me know. Email me at

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Happy gardening, my friends,


  1. I do love the dry river bed. Is it a natural geological feature or was it added? I think that either way, with a sloping yard it is perfect. The choice of Pampas grass and butterfly bushed is wonderful. It just all looks so natural. Great story!

  2. Becky put the river bed in. I took those photos in May....I'm going to take some soon and do an update. Becky says everything is going wild!

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    1. It is beautiful. I'm going to go back in a couple weeks and take pictures of it and show how everything has grown!

  4. What a wonderful article, and so well illustrated! You know, I've never been a fan of raised beds but, after seeing the pictures of Becky's I think I'm changing my mind. She has done a really fabulous job.

    1. I like them, too. They're probably easier to work with.

  5. Becky has a lovely garden. Her raised beds are a great feature. P. x

  6. Thanks, Pam - I'll pass on your comment to Becky. Thanks for commenting on my blog!