The Garden Club of Virginia


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Wednesday April 30, 2014


Hosted by The Spotswood Garden Club.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Harrisonburg, previously known as Rocktown, was named for Thomas Harrison, a son of English settlers and is located in southwest Virginia. In 1737, Harrison settled in the Shenandoah Valley, eventually laying claim to over 12,000 acres situated at the intersection of the Spotswood Trail and the main Native American road through the Valley. About forty years later, he deeded land for the construction of a courthouse, adding an additional 50 acres, which became what is known today as Historic Downtown Harrisonburg.

Honored with the distinction of becoming a designated historic district on the National Register of Historic Places and a Virginia Main Street Community in 2004, the city proceeded to spend over $2 million in infrastructure improvements.

Garden enthusiasts will enjoy the nearby Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, a 125-acre urban botanical preserve located within the city of Harrisonburg and the campus of James Madison University, as well as the private homes and gardens featured – a signature of this statewide tour. The arboretum features native plants of the mid-Appalachians (woodland wildflowers, azaleas, and rhododendrons); an Oak-Hickory Forest; a lowland swale; herb and rose gardens and a wetlands garden. The only arboretum located on a public university campus in Virginia, it is a center for the conservation, enjoyment, and interpretation of plants and ecosystems of the Shenandoah Valley, and serves as an outdoor biology laboratory and environmental educational center with tours, seminars and other public programs.

For more information, please contact Tour Chairman Avra Leigh at
Advance Tickets: $20 pp
Day of Tickets: $25 pp

Questions? Please contact Avra Leigh (540) 434-4558 or

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Eventbrite - 81st Historic Garden Week  

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