Every year in April, Historic Garden Week showcases dozens of homes and gardens across the state of Virginia. This spring, visitors will tour more than 180 of Virginia’s most beautiful homes, gardens, and historic landmarks during what is called “America’s Largest Open House” now celebrating its 80th anniversary. The oldest and largest statewide garden event in the nation, it is sponsored by the Garden Club of Virginia to raise money for the restoration and maintenance of historic gardens and landmarks throughout the Commonwealth. Since 1929, total tour income is said to have exceeded 16 million, which has benefitted Monticello, Mount Vernon and Montpelier, among others.
Each tour features four to seven local properties, exquisite flower arrangements created by Garden Club members, and gracious hostesses. The 8-day event provides visitors a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of Spring, as well as beautiful homes bedecked with gorgeous flower arrangements.
“Great Wicomico River Vistas” Home & Garden Tour
Sponsored by the Garden Club of the Northern Neck
Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 – 10 am to 5 pm
“Great Wicomico River Vistas” is the name of this year's Northern Neck tour for Historic Virginia Garden Week, hosted by Northumberland County and featuring homes in the Wicomico Church area. The charming rural tour features five properties—circa 1832 to 2005—showcasing stunning historic renovations and modern designs that take full advantage of water views. Stratford Hall Plantation, birthplace of Robert E. Lee and a restoration site of the Garden Club of Virginia, is located about an hour's drive away. Finish the day watching the sun set over the Wicomico River in Burgess. Complimentary refreshments will be served.
Athena House (and adjoining Athena Winery)
The Cockrell House
Eagle Point Farm
Sunset Over The Wicomico
Tickets: $30 – Advance tickets available until April 17: $25/per person. Mail check payable to Garden Club of the Northern Neck with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Jane Kimball, PO Box 215, Reedville, VA 22539. Advance tickets also available online at www.VAGardenweek.org and—until April 22—at the following businesses: Wildest Dreams (Burgess), The Dandelion (Irvington), Material Girl (near Burgess), Essex Bank (Callao) and Bank of Lancaster in Kilmarnock and Heathsville. For more information, call 804-453-6517.
“A Countryside Tour through the Centuries” Home & Garden Tour
Sponsored by the Garden Club of the Middle Peninsula
April 26th – 10 am to 5 pm
Off the beaten path, the tour explores a country with a deep and rich legacy of harmony with its abundant natural resources. Travel the winding roads of the lower King and Queen County area, through a richly forested landscape filled with streams, creeks and rivers interspersed with wide, open fields. Follow life through the centuries from the oldest site of settlement to the new. Steeped in history, the architecture and design of these homes are a testament to their ties to early Virginia.
Shackelfords Chapel UMC
Homeview at Cologne
To celebrate the 80th anniversary of Historic Garden Week, eight period floral arrangements, representing the evolving art form of floral design, will be on display through the tour. Throughout the day at Shackelfords Chapel United Methodist Church, visitors will have the opportunity to experience the portrayal of Francis Ashbury, as he and the historian of the church, offer a commentary on the history of the chapel. Francis Ashbury was known as the “Horseback Bishop of American.” Complimentary refreshments served from 2-4 pm at Trevillian Home, 360 Simpson Creek Road.
Advance tickets available until April 17: $25/per person. Mail payments to Judy Anglin, PO Box 452, Urbanna, Va. 23175. Include self-addressed, stamped, legal-size envelope with check payable to The Garden Club of Middle Peninsula. For more information, call 804-758-1620.