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Copyright, The Roanoke Times, reproduced with permission

Excerpt from “A Splash of Serenity” | pg. 34 | SWVA Living Magazine | Summer 2017

If fences make good neighbors, perhaps a secret garden whose centerpiece is a fountain makes a great one.

At the very least, Robert Kulp, co-owner of Black Dog Salvage and one of the stars of DIY Network’s “Salvage Dawgs”, qualifies as extra neighborly. He wanted next-door neighbors Stuart and Tommy Trinkle to enjoy a lovely view when they looked out from the sunroom, which faces the side of Kulp’s house.

“I had subjected them to the construction of a large addition on the back of our home and had left that side of the house practically unfinished for almost 10 years,” Kulp recalls.  “It wasn’t pretty.”

Kulp designed and Stuart Trinkle landscaped a small garden between their houses.  In addition to an antique iron gate and various plants, it features a built-in lion head fountain with a large trough that was sourced from Black Dog and is part of its line of aged reproduction statuary.

“What was once a wasted, ugly space between our houses, and the houses are really close together, is now a pretty and unique secret garden where numerous prom pictures for three very pretty Kulp girls are often taken…” Stuart Trinkle says.  “The fountain really was a gift to us since we could see and hear it in the sunroom, where we spend lots of time,” Trinkle says.

The Kulps are enjoying the gift, too.

“While it’s beautiful to look at, it’s also great just to listen to the splashing water from around the corner on my back patio,” Kulp says.

Note: Reproduction Garden Statuary, made by Unique Stone in North Carolina, is available for sale here at Black Dog Salvage – please call or stop by for more information!

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