Explosion of Color

 Photography by Robert Llewellyn • www.robertllewellyn.com

Want some incredible colors in your garden? In summer, gardening requires plants with three key qualities: low maintenance, heat and drought tolerance, and brilliant color—the brighter the better. One of the best flowers that smart gardeners can put to work in their gardens, zinnias are one of the easiest flowers to grow. Photography by Robert Llewellyn • www.robertllewellyn.com

When Nature Meets Architecture

by Cathy Purple Cherry, AIA, Founding Principal of Purple Cherry Architects

When nature meets architecture, it can create a breathtaking experience. When the natural view is as stunning as the rolling landscape of Charlottesville, creating an amazing space becomes that much easier. With this new pool house, the surrounding environment and views comprised three of the four walls.

The former pool house and its flanking trees obstructed stunning mountain views from the main house, located behind the structure. The homeowners desired a new pool house that would maximize the views from the home, without moving the existing in-ground pool, hot tub, and surrounding patio. Purple Cherry Architects designed a pool house that provided cover from the elements, a cooking area, a full bathroom, a changing room, and pool storage. But most importantly, the new building allowed a view of the Blue Ridge Mountain range from the existing home.

Collecting with Ken — Collecting Fine Early Baskets​

with Antiques Roadshow’s Ken Farmer

When Jane and I married in 1974, we learned early on that we loved the traditional music, arts, and crafts of the Appalachians. One of our favorite shops to browse in was The Cave House in Abingdon, VA. They sold locally produced items by artisans and craftspeople who followed traditional techniques, while also putting their interpretation on the objects they created. There was everything from batiks, musical instruments, and furniture, to carvings, paintings on barn wood, and more. The first things that caught our eye at the Cave House were baskets made from white oak splints by a woman everyone called “Miss Mary.”

Family Matters

Jane and Dorothy Batten Are on a Mission to Advance Focused Ultrasound

By any measure, the Batten family ranks among the most impactful philanthropists of our time, playing a major role in enhancing the educational and cultural resources of Virginia. Known for their influence and generosity, Jane (mother) and Dorothy (daughter) are presented with countless opportunities to support worthy causes. And yet, “No family has done more to accelerate the widespread adoption of focused ultrasound than the Battens,” said Neal F. Kassell, MD, the founder and chairman of the Focused Ultrasound Foundation. “They wholeheartedly share in our mission to improve the lives of millions of people with this revolutionary technology, and we have been incredibly fortunate to benefit from their devotion and philanthropy.”

Building Business and Community

An Update on Project Rebound: Initial Findings

A letter from Elizabeth Cromwell, President and CEO of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce

n endeavor of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce and many partners, Project Rebound is an initiative to provide information, resources, connection, and guidance to local businesses in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. Our overarching goal is to engage business leaders to share insights, identify challenges, and build actionable strategies to restore the local economy.

All Creatures Great and Small

The Domestic Cat

Domestic cats, no matter their breed, are all members of one species. Felis catus has had a very long relationship with humans, dating back nearly 4,000 years.

Our Strength is in Our Community

 Together we have adjusted to a time no one planned or wanted. The coronavirus pandemic has brought a new set of challenges to our lives and has also revealed our strengths. Our community has realized the importance of relationships and a sense of purpose. Collaboration, commitment, and innovation are vital to overcoming immediate challenges, and for our long-term recovery. Supporting our local community has never been more important. We see our community coming together and using compassion and creativity to help others. albemarle Magazine understands the importance of not only our residents but also the newcomers and tourists to our area and how we can help serve them. Our area Realtors®, builders, and architects continue to offer the best options and services for finding the perfect home. Charlottesville continues to be ranked high for healthcare and infrastructure. As the flagship hospital for UVA Health System, the University of Virginia Medical Center continues to offer advanced medical care and research. albemarle Magazine greatly values our health professionals, our businesses, and all the individuals that work in this special place we call home. We urge you to join us in supporting them. albemarle Magazine thanks you for donating, volunteering, and supporting our community in whatever ways you have found to make a difference. As we work toward recovery, we know that we all have a role to play right now. We must continue to do all we can to help make a difference.

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