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Discovering the Joy of Living Well at the Garden Atriums

Focused on health and community engagement, developers Stuart Rose and Trina Duncan create a sanctuary for themselves and others through their Garden Atriums community in Poquoson, Virginia.



Garden Atriums includes a shared space that features an aquaculture pond.
Photo By Tony Giammarino
Trina says the home's gigantic central skylight has helped her connect more closely with the rhythms of the sun and moon and improved her sleep.
Photo By Tony Giammarino
The bedroom opens onto the home's central atrium, offering stunning views.
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The atrium in each Garden Atriums home seamlessly connects with all the other rooms.
Photo By Tony Giammarino
Some of Stu and Trina's favorite plants growing inside the atrium include their orange and lemon trees, which provide food as well as beautiful blooms and scents. Because of its many hours of sunlight—even in winter—the atrium is an ideal environment for tropical plants.
Photo By Tony Giammarino
A gazebo offers a relaxing spot to rest near the water.
Photo By Tony Giammarino
A community farmer grows fresh produce that everyone in the Garden Atriums enjoys. At Saturday morning "Market Time," residents gather to pick up their produce and chat.
Photo By Tony Giammarino
Waterways offer the opportunity for small boats and fishing.
Photo By Tony Giammarino
The residents use the community space in various ways depending on their family members. The children love running through the park and playing by the pond, whereas teens play sports and adults walk pets.
Photo By Tony Giammarino
Just steps away from growing fruits, the kitchen was made with materials that won't offgas chemicals into the air.
Photo By Tony Giammarino
Stu and Trina's dining room table is surrounded by growing plants, some of which make their way into the dishes they prepare.
Photo By Tony Giammarino
The homes' exteriors are beautifully landscaped.
Photo By Tony Giammarino
Daily walks on the trails help Trina and Stu connect with nature and relax.
Photo By Tony Giammarino
Stu and Trina's neighbors are two young twins who love running on the trails and picking the fresh fruits that grow in the orchard.
Photo By Tony Giammarino





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