"They are pinkish red with few seeds and they are not acidy," she said.
Herbs include tarragon, chive, rosemary, sage, basil, parsley and mint.
"We had chard all winter long," Carolyn said. "We have strawberries. I have a baby maple tree I saved from the big tree."
The backyard is rich in things to eat as well as beauty to admire. It's also a great place for family gatherings. The Smithsons have two children and three grandchildren.
While it may seem they have a lot of plants to tend, they have actually downsized. They once had a huge garden on their Greenbrier County farm.
Carolyn acquired her gardening skills from uncles and her great grandmother. Larry said he learned about building and maintenance from his father, who once owned a paint and wallpaper business.
They both grew up in the Fort Hill area and always admired the house that is now their home.
While the backyard is magnificent, there is beauty in the front that requires no tending.
Perched high on a hill above Charleston, the house also has a breathtaking view of the city.
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1246.
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