Chickahominy River Home

This Georgian style house, by architect Ed Pease, is located on a beautiful spot overlooking the Chickahominy River, surrounded by fields and woods. Hertzler & George designed a collection of outdoor garden spaces and entry drive to complement the house and to tie it into the surrounding landscape. The plan features two courtyard gardens in the front, and a walled cutting garden on the south-facing riverfront.

Circular Drive

In keeping with the scale of the house, H&G designed a generous circular drive and parking area at the front of the house. The drive is lined with tulip poplars and crapemyrtles, recalling nearby historic homes such as Carter’s Grove. The driveway is shotcoat (asphalt impregnated with gravel) with brick edging.

Front Gardens

The entrance to the house is flanked by two welcoming courtyard gardens, each anchored with a sweetbay magnolia. Other plants included in the garden are: oakleaf hydrangea, ricepaper plant, boxwood, and gardenia, azalea and pieris. Several vines are included that will eventually soften the brick facade of the house: climbing hydrangea, schizophragma and creeping fig. Paving inside the gardens consists of a mix of bluestone and brick.

Rear Terrace

Along the riverfront facade is a sweeping 100-ft long raised bluestone terrace, featuring two pergolas covered with American wisteria. Three steps along the length of the terrace lead to the riverfront. To minimize the number of steps, we raised the level of the ground two feet. Red Oaks and crapemyrtles will eventually give some shade to the south facing terrace.

Cutting Garden

Just off the rear terrace (and close to the kitchen) is a walled cutting garden centered on a wall fountain. Traditional brick walls with a half-round cap and piers give it a timeless look. Here, the owners can collect flowers for an arrangement or herbs for the day’s meals. You can read more about the plants used in the garden here.


In addition to the design, Hertzler & George installed paving and plantings throughout the property. For the front courtyard gardens we used a combination of bluestone and brick.

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Bed Transformation!

Once again I am very pleased with the excellent work H&G did on my property.  They turned a section of my ugly front yard with invasive Bermuda grass into a beautiful and simple flower bed with mulch and many small bushes.  This striking transformation adds greatly to the house’s curb appeal.  I look forward to them coming back out this fall and replacing the rest of the front yard with sod and removing all the undesirable Bermuda grass.  Brian was easy and pleasant to work and plan with.  He always responded to my questions immediately.  Jon and his crew were likewise very nice, efficient, and perfectionists in planting my new yard.  Many thanks and accolades to H&G once again!

Sandy Hall

So thankful to be a customer!

when i returned to williamsburg in 2022, it was a real challenge to find a company willing to take on “yet one more customer” – i was ignored and turned down by others… but hertzler and george came to my rescue and i could not be happier – wonderful staff, professional and so friendly, i completely trust them to service my yard!  merry christmas and happy new year to everyone and H&G!


Drainage Help

I would like to let you know how happy we are with the service we received recently.
We had a drainage issue in our yard and did some research, learned your company was highly recommended and decided to see what your company could do.
From the first contact, we had a great experience as the lady that answered the phone was very nice. She put us in contact with Brian Kemp who we also liked from the start, and we made an appt for him to come and take a look. He was right on time, very thorough, and just a very nice fella who we both liked right away and had confidence in. We really liked how he gave us options and listened to what we wanted. We scheduled the work, it was done right on time, and it looks great! Brian was even nice enough to do a video walk through for us afterwards as we weren’t in town. Just great service from start to finish! Thank you Brian

We will definitely be back with more projects in the future.

T.M. - Ford's Colony

Thank You

Just a short note to thank you for all the help you gave us with our garden this year. Jonathon again did a wonderful job doing the bed detailing this summer, as did the mulching crew in the spring. I don’t know the name of the woman who supervised the mulching crew, but I want to let you know how professional she was. In fact, the entire crew was pleasant to work with, especially to experience the care that they took with their work.

Thanks also for being so flexible with the changes we requested for our mowing schedule.

E.L. - Ford's Colony