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104 Sparrow Road
This River Star Home is situated on a large lot that abuts the Elizabeth River. The homeowner Lynn Gilbert is very involved in revitalizing Chesapeake Bay Oysters and takes part in growing oyster beds. Since buying the home three years ago, the Gilbert family has been committed to healthy environmental practices and have been working to create a living shoreline on the property. A beautiful, mature Waterfall Japanese maple and large camellia shrubs adorn the sides of the front walkway, while several mature Hackberry and Ash trees along a long-ago fence line provide a shady canopy for the front yard. The lawn is gradually being replaced with soft, wide-bladed Saint Augustine grass and clusters of native plants such as bee balm, phlox, Carolina jasmine, sea oats, black-eyed Susans, and Virginia sweet spire are neatly arranged around the property. Ms. Gilbert maintains both a small vegetable/herb garden and a butterfly/pollinator garden, and some of her natural lawn care practices include rain barrel water collection, composting and the use of corn gluten.