The Garden Club of Virginia

Special Activities

Before Historic Garden Week 2014

Eastern Shore
Come early and enjoy the full extent of the Eastern Shore’s culture, beauty and hospitality. Local museums and historic sites are open and free to the public on Friday, April 25th, the day before the Eastern Shore tour, in celebration of Historic Garden Week. For a complete list and map, visit www.shorehistory.org/heritagetrail.

Richmond
"Hanging in the Garden" Art Exhibition and Opening Reception Friday, April 4th from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Brazier Gallery, 1616 W. Main St. Five local artists, known as "Hang Five", (Loryn Brazier, Beth Marchant, Nancy Mauck, David Tanner and Tom Wise) have collaborated with the Garden Club of Virginia to support the restoration and preservation of Virginia's historic gardens. There will be an art exhibit depicting garden-related paintings from homes and gardens on the Richmond tours, as well as paintings of restored historic garden sites. Exhibited April 4 - 30, Tuesdays - Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment. A portion of the proceeds of the sales will benefit Historic Garden Week. For more information: www.braziergallery.com, (804) 358-2771.

Virginia Beach
“The Painted Garden,” a Biennial Art Show, in its third year, runs April 12 – May 17 at Beach Gallery on Laskin Rd. This year the art focuses on waterscapes and features artist Bobbi Gunn.
 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Old Town Alexandria
The Carlyle House Annual Garden Day Herb and Plant Sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Culinary and decorative herbs and plants from Mount Vernon, and Layng and Company will be available for purchase. Representatives from the Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia, The Virginia Native Plant Society, among others will be on site to offer guidance. Wares by local artisans and crafters, performances by area musicians and living historians, and 18th Century games and activities for children throughout the day. Proceeds benefit Carlyle House's collections and Garden Guild.

George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. Located eight miles south of Alexandria on the George Washington Memorial Parkway and situated on the Potomac River, Mount Vernon was the home of George and Martha Washington. From the end of the American Revolution in 1783 to his election to the presidency in 1789, Washington replaced out-buildings, reshaped gardens, created new lawns, planted trees and even realigned roads and lanes. The George Washington Pioneer Farmer Site features a distinctive replica of Washington’s 16-sided barn and displays of his farming principles. With funding from Historic Garden Week, the Garden Club of Virginia has helped to restore Mount Vernon’s bowling green, one of the major landscape features on this vast plantation. Part of the Old Town tour ticket. www.mountvernon.org

Ashland-Western Hanover
The Friends of The Cochrane Rockville Branch of the Pamunkey Regional Library are hosting “A Parents Day Out In The Garden Program” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The garden themed program will offer lunch, games, stories, crafts and a movie. Registration March 1 to March 31, contact Donna-Jo Webster at (804)749-3146. You must purchase a ticket before you register; the ticket # is required for registration. Tickets will be available the middle of February.

Restored Antique and Custom Cars on display at Southwood Farm from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. These activities are complimentary to ticket holders.

Franklin
Maps for a self-guided walking/driving tour in Courtland for the Southampton Insurrection Walking Trail (Nat Turner) of 1831 available at Mahone’s Tavern, the Rochelle-Prince House and the Southampton Agriculture and Forestry Museum. 

 
Photo courtesy of Catriana Tudor Erler

 


Morven, Charlottesville

Morven House and Gardens, 791 Morven Drive. The three-story brick manor house at Morven was built c. 1820 in the late-Georgian/Federal Style by builder Martin Thacker for David Higginbotham, a local merchant. Its 19th century ambience remains even after 20th century additions and interior renovations. The first floor is on tour. The land was part of the original 1730 Carter family land grant and was known to Thomas Jefferson as “Indian Camp,” which he purchased for his “adoptive son,” Col. William Short in 1795, and in turn sold to David Higginbotham in 1813. The last private owner, the late John Kluge, gave the farm to the University of Virginia Foundation in 2001. Extraordinary grounds feature the formal and cutting gardens renovated by Annette Hoyt Flanders in the 1930s, as well as gardens added by Mr. Kluge. Tulips, pansies, phlox, lilacs, viburnum and deutzia, among other shrubs and perennials, fill a series of distinct garden rooms. Notable trees include a pair of Osage orange trees, the state champion Chinese chestnut, and a lovely dove tree. Morven was a charter property open for the first Historic Garden Week in Virginia in 1929. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and on the Virginia Landmarks Register. Please note: the house is handicapped accessible, however the gardens are not. In case of rain and/or wet conditions, the Morven tour will be cancelled due to difficult parking. Tickets are not refundable. To verify conditions on tour day only, call (434) 977-1189 after 7 a.m. $20 pp. Advance tickets: $15. www.vagardenweek.org.

Orange County – Gordonsville
A variety of area musicians and artists will be in downtown historic venues and churches demonstrating their crafts. Fred Nichols, a silk screen artist will be in the parish hall at Christ Episcopal Church, corner of N High and W Baker Streets. Tom May, organist, and the Kenwood Players, a brass quartet, will play in the church in the morning and on Main Street in the afternoon. The Rev. Mary Beth Wells will exhibit her sacred icons in the nave of the church.
www.iconography-revmbwells.com Annie Vanderwarker of Fearless Flowers will do flowering arranging demonstrations at Christ Episcopal Church in the morning and on Main Street in the afternoon. www.fearlessflowers.com .

Portsmouth
The Gardener’s Workshop. Lisa Zieglar, flower gardening expert from Newport News, will speak on “Grow Great Spring Flowers” at 11:30 a.m. and at 1 p.m. during the luncheon at the Green Acres Presbyterian Church. Her books, seeds and garden supplies will be for sale. Portsmouth Master Gardeners will answer questions in the gardens of 2901 Tanbark and 3122 Sterling Point Drive. http://www.thegardenersworkshop.com/
 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Northern Neck
Stratford Hall
, off Rt. 3 on Rt. 214, 5 miles west of Montross. One of the earliest Restoration Sites of the Garden Club of Virginia using proceeds from Historic Garden Week, Stratford Hall celebrates both with a Garden Day on Sunday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Spend the day at this 1,900 acre property, get gardening tips from nationally recognized P. Allen Smith and learn about garden restoration from Will Rieley, landscape designer for the Garden Club of Virginia. Tour the newly renovated Directors’ Cabins, many of which have never been open. The Great House, 18th Century Gristmill and walking trails are all available. Ticket includes Cabin Walk, access to the all historic buildings, both presentations by noted experts and a gourmet box lunch. $85 pp. Reservations required. Tickets at www.stratfordhall.org or (804) 493-1370.

Westover, Rte. 5, Charles City. William Byrd II, author, diarist, colonial leader and founder of the cities of Petersburg and Richmond, built the house, one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in America, in 1730. His tombstone, in the center of the walled garden, gives an interesting account of his life and provides an insight into the values of his time. The lawn includes century-old tulip poplars and offers a commanding view of the James River. The grounds are still protected by wrought-iron gates hung by William Byrd in 1709, known to be the finest set of 18th-century gates in this country. The interior, normally closed to the public, is noted for the beautiful proportions of the rooms, ornately carved ceilings, the detail of the cornice and stairway, and an unusual black mantelpiece. Interior floral arrangements are created by the owner, a member of the James River Garden Club, using materials from the extensive gardens. Westover was featured on the first Historic Garden Week in 1929. A Virginia and National Historic Landmark, open for three days only, especially for Historic Garden Week, April 27, 28 and 29 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission $10. (804) 829-2882 or www.jamesriverplantations.org/westover.html.
 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Middleburg
Childs Burden, a Civil War Historian and President of the Mosby Heritage Association, will give a lecture on the Battle of Middleburg from 12:30 to 1:30 pm at the Deerfield tour site in Upperville. Visitors are encouraged to purchase box lunches and enjoy them during the lecture.

Albemarle – Charlottesville
Monticello
, 931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, from 6 to 8 p.m., join us for “A Conversation in the Garden” on the West Lawn with landscape architect and author Thomas Woltz. Lecture will feature examples from his global practice with cultural landscapes, his work at Monticello and the case studies in his new book Nelson Byrd Woltz: Garden, Park, Community, Farm. The garden party includes Virginia wine and hors d’oeuvres and informal tours of the house and grounds, where the winding flower border was restored by the Garden Club of Virginia. Event is ticketed and requires reservations; $65 pp. For more information or to register for these events, visit www.monticello.org/gardenweek; or call (434) 984-9880.

Westover, Rte. 5, Charles City. William Byrd II, author, diarist, colonial leader and founder of the cities of Petersburg and Richmond, built the house, one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in America, in 1730. His tombstone, in the center of the walled garden, gives an interesting account of his life and provides an insight into the values of his time. The lawn includes century-old tulip poplars and offers a commanding view of the James River. The grounds are still protected by wrought-iron gates hung by William Byrd in 1709, known to be the finest set of 18th-century gates in this country. The interior, normally closed to the public, is noted for the beautiful proportions of the rooms, ornately carved ceilings, the detail of the cornice and stairway, and an unusual black mantelpiece. Interior floral arrangements are created by the owner, a member of the James River Garden Club, using materials from the extensive gardens. Westover was featured on the first Historic Garden Week in 1929. A Virginia and National Historic Landmark, open for three days only, especially for Historic Garden Week, April 27, 28 and 29 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission $10. (804) 829-2882 or www.jamesriverplantations.org/westover.html.
 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Albemarle-Charlottesville
Monticello
, 931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway at 10 a.m., “Thomas Jefferson’s Fruit and Vegetable Gardens at Monticello” by Gabriele Rausse, Director of Gardens and Grounds, followed by a walking tour of the gardens. The lecture on Jefferson’s massive kitchen garden and Fruitery will include present-day efforts to restore and preserve Jefferson’s horticultural legacy. Free, but advance registration required. At 2 p.m., there is another talk - “Historic Plants at Monticello,” by Peggy Cornett, Curator of Plants. Focusing on Jefferson’s flower gardens at Monticello, Cornett will explore the plants that define our horticultural heritage. A tour of the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants’ nursery at Tufton Farm follows, where plants will be available for sale. Bring your HGW ticket and receive 10% off all purchases. Free, but advance registration is required. For more information or to register for these events, visit www.monticello.org/gardenweek; or call (434) 984-9880.

Fairfax County/Historic Vienna
Spring Awakening at Wolf Trap for Historic Garden Week with special activities including: Main Gate Garden Tours, with master gardeners, of our 3 native plant gardens, featuring over 100 species and cultivars from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Filene Center Tours - our production staff will guide you through this world famous venue for the performing arts (tours on the half hour, beginning at 10; last tour at 4:30); Performing Arts – enjoy 3 venues of live music and other performing arts from 10-2; Educational and Interpretive Presentations and Exhibits covering butterflies, bees, and other pollinators; birds; use of native plants in the landscape; the history of Wolf Trap, all day; Piano in the Park Program: watch our young artists decorate our new public piano; Special Ceremonial Plantings at 11 a.m., and Wolf Trap Grand Trail Opening Ceremony at 11:15 a.m. Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, Va. Details

Fredericksburg

Horticulture exhibit at 99 Caroline Street all day. Flower arrangement demonstrations from 11 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 2 p.m. at 140 Caroline Street. Check the Facebook page at Historic Garden Week in Fredericksburg for full and current listings.

Lynchburg
Garden Market on the front lawn of Oakwood Country Club, 3409 Rivermont Avenue. Enchanted Antiques will be selling garden related items, The Farm Basket will offer plants, and Ellis Renovation will feature custom made bird houses for sale.

A repertoire ensemble from the Dance Theater of Lynchburg will perform "Soaring" in the garden at 1513 Linden Avenue at 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm and 3:30 pm. This historic piece, choreographed by the late Doris Humphreys, is meant to be performed in an open outdoor space. Five dancers, moving to piano music and using 25 square feet of raw white silk, will entertain and inspire. Included with tour ticket. The Academy of Fine Arts, 600 Main Street, will host “Natural Impressions” featuring artist Mark Johnson from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. No charge.

Petersburg
The Cockade City Garden Club is offering a luncheon with a fashion show, music and a boutique by Ann’s Dress Shoppe for $12 pp. There is also a geranium sale here at Christ and Grace Church, 1545 South Sycamore Street from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Geraniums are $6 each. To order geraniums or luncheon tickets in advance, contact Lindapwynne@gmail.com  or (804) 399-5258. Proceeds benefit the Historic Blandford Cemetery. Luncheon tickets are available in advance at Boulevard Flower and Gardens, Palmore Decorating Center and the Petersburg Visitors Center Farmers Bank, and on the day of the tour at Christ and Grace Church.

Westover, Rte. 5, Charles City. William Byrd II, author, diarist, colonial leader and founder of the cities of Petersburg and Richmond, built the house, one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in America, in 1730. His tombstone, in the center of the walled garden, gives an interesting account of his life and provides an insight into the values of his time. The lawn includes century-old tulip poplars and offers a commanding view of the James River. The grounds are still protected by wrought-iron gates hung by William Byrd in 1709, known to be the finest set of 18th-century gates in this country. The interior, normally closed to the public, is noted for the beautiful proportions of the rooms, ornately carved ceilings, the detail of the cornice and stairway, and an unusual black mantelpiece. Interior floral arrangements are created by the owner, a member of the James River Garden Club, using materials from the extensive gardens. Westover was featured on the first Historic Garden Week in 1929. A Virginia and National Historic Landmark, open for three days only, especially for Historic Garden Week, April 27, 28 and 29 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission $10. (804) 829-2882 or www.jamesriverplantations.org/westover.html.

Williamsburg
Walking Garden Tour of Colonial Williamsburg Gardens from10 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning at the George Jackson house, 136 East Francis Street.
 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Newport News-Hampton: Yorktown
Lisa Zeigler, owner of The Gardener’s Workshop
, will talk about hardy annuals such as snapdragons, sweet peas and Bells of Ireland and her forthcoming book at 1 p.m. in the Parish Hall of Grace Episcopal Church, 111 Church St. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Garden Club of Virginia.

The Yorktown Trolleys will be running throughout the village from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is a free service that tour attendees can use to get around Historic Yorktown and the tour sites.

Northern Neck
Stratford Hall
, off Rt. 3 on Rt. 214, 5 miles west of Montross. One of the earliest Restoration Sites of the Garden Club of Virginia using proceeds from Historic Garden Week, waives admission on the Northern Neck tour day with a HGW ticket.

Richmond: Historic Byrd Park/Maymont
Costumed historical interpreters along Westover Road will bring the Gilded Age to life. Back then Byrd Park’s popularity was in full swing as a suburban pleasure ground at the terminus of one of the city’s trolley lines. Garden Emporium, at 1000 Westover Road, boutique will be filled with home and garden items opens at 10:30 a.m.
 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Richmond/Glenbrooke Hills
"Hang Five" Art Show and Sale at the Jepson Alumni Center at The University of Richmond
from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. The "Hang Five” artists (Loryn Brazier, Beth Marchant, Nancy Mauck, David Tanner and Tom Wise) will display works depicting “garden-related” paintings from homes and gardens on the Richmond tours, as well as restored historic garden sites.Luncheon with Art Demonstration: Jepson Alumni Center. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. $20 per person. Reservations for lunch must be prepaid. Your lunch will include an art demonstrations by the “Hang 5” artists. Prepaid reservations must be received by April 23. Click here for menu and order form. Send completed forms and check (payable to Richmond Garden Week) to Mrs. Mark R. Merhige at 1520 Manakin Road, Manakin Sabot, VA 23103. Confirmations will be provided by email. For more information, contact Laura Merhige at lkmgwl2013@gmail.com (preferred) or call (804) 708-0447.

Tuckahoe Plantation, 12601 River Rd., (6.5 miles west of Jepson Alumni Center. Plein air artist will be painting in the garden in the morning. A National Historic Landmark and the boyhood home of Thomas Jefferson, Tuckahoe is considered to be the most complete plantation layout in North America dating from the early 18th century and was one of the original properties featured on the first Historic Garden Week in 1929. Noteworthy are the rare outbuildings, including paired structures, which were the office and the schoolhouse where Jefferson attended classes. In 1935, the mansion was saved from being partially dismantled and moved for museum display. Grounds include a kitchen garden with perennials, vegetable plots, and a Memorial Garden designed by Charles F. Gillette. (804) 971-8329 or www.tuckahoeplantation.com. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $15 pp.

Norfolk
Live celebratory May Day musical selections may be heard in the gardens courtesy of the Academy of Music Suzuki Strings Program. Children from Ghent United Methodist Preschool will perform a ribbon dance around the maypole. Music and dance are weather permitting.
 

Friday, May 2, 2014

Middle Peninsula
Hebron Baptist Church, 10171 King William Road, Aylett. Period costumes made by a local seamstress and her mother will be on display. Each dress accompanied by a floral arrangement by an award-winning floral designer who will interpret either the dress or the occasion for wearing it. In addition, there will be a collection of Civil War artifacts and memorabilia. Original works of art and prints by local artists available for purchase. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Richmond/Hampton Gardens
Luncheon and container gardening demonstrations: The Country Club of Virginia, 6031 St. Andrews Ln. Located 1 mi. west of Hampton Gardens. Valet and free parking provided. Lunch is available from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the terrace, $20 pp, by advance reservations only. Prepaid reservations must be received by April 23. Menu options and an order form are posted here. Container gardening demonstrations presented at noon and 1 p.m. by Becky White, Horticulturalist and Grounds Department Manager at The Country Club of Virginia. Lunch reservations include a chance to win planted containers. If the weather is inclement, lunch and demonstrations will be moved inside to the Ballroom.

 

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Boydton
Educational programs at Glencove Farm presented by Master Gardener Volunteers. Pruning 101 (crepe myrtle and boxwood) from 11:30 a.m. to noon and Composting Basics from 2:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Additional programming at the MacCallum More Museum & Gardens presented by Dale and Linda Kerns, County Coordinators for the VBS and members of NABS. From 10 to 11 a.m. and again from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Designed to promote an awareness of the needs, habits and predators of the Eastern Bluebird. Information available for potential volunteers needed to establish and maintain a network of blue bird boxes in Virginia.

Lexington
Woods Creek Park Restoration Program, Roots and Shoots Garden, 100 Pendleton Place. Located behind Waddell Elementary School, it is a place of learning for 300 elementary-school students. This intergenerational garden, established in 1995 with the active support of the Blue Ridge Garden Club, received the 1996 Garden Club of Virginia Commonwealth Award. See how elementary school students, with the support of community businesses, garden clubs and volunteers, are learning to tend the earth.

Woods Creek Restoration and Park (accessible from Waddell School, 100 Pendleton Place). The park and walking trail are highly valued local resources. About 15 years ago the City of Lexington responded to concerns about the declining health of the Creek and established the Restoration Program. Partnerships were forged with Virginia Military Institute, Washington and Lee University, Rockbridge Area Conservation Council, the Boxerwood Environmental Education Center and local residents to restore and protect the Creek’s riparian buffer. About 150 volunteers participated in the first Woods Creek Restoration during which over 3,000 trees and shrubs were planted. The Blue Ridge Garden Club adopted the stream for ongoing trash clean up. Over 20 additional projects focusing on such things as rain gardens, bioswales and other similar biological measures have been implemented within the watershed to remove pollutants from and decrease the volume of storm water runoff entering the creek. Volunteers from RACC and Boxerwood available.

Portsmouth
Bacon's Castle,
North America's Oldest Formal Garden, and a recipient of proceeds from Historic Garden Week tours is hosting guided tours the week of Historic Garden Week, culminating with an 18th C. Garden Party and Cricket Match. Activities will focus between early to late-afternoon. Admission to the day's events is included in general admission to the site.

Roanoke

Wildflower Walk at 8:30 a.m. preceding the tour. Join a member of the Blue Ridge Wildflower Society for a spring morning walk through the Mill Mountain Wildflower Garden. Meet at the Discovery Center at 2000 J.B. Fishburn Parkway, on top of Mill Mountain. Free. For the most current information regarding the Roanoke tour, visit Facebook at: “Historic Garden Week in Roanoke.”

Staunton: Waynesboro/Stuarts Draft
Presentation of Colors by cadets at Fishburne Military Academy at 1:30 p.m.