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Orange County

Saturday April 18, 2015

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Hosted by The Dolley Madison Garden Club

Each venue of this history and garden-focused tour highlights the evolution of farming and architecture along the Spotswood Trail in Orange County, home to Montpelier, the estate of James Madison.  Its formal terraced gardens were a restoration project of the Garden Club of Virginia using proceeds of past Historic Garden Week tours.  Tour includes admission to three private homes, gardens and outbuildings and to the Barboursville Ruins (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), The 1804 Inn (open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.).  Properties feature late 18th and early to late 19th century properties, replete with period architecture and artifacts, antique furnishings, and significant art collections.  Gardens range from boxwood lined drives to extensive formal parterre gardens and perennial landscapes. Ticket includes special events at all three private properties:  refreshments served from 2  to 4 p.m., plein air painting by Armand Cabrera from 1 to 4 p.m. (weather permitting), and a display of handmade pottery.

Advance Tickets:  $25pp at Available locally until noon on April 17 at Elmwoood at Sparks and The Arts Center of Orange, in Orange and at the Laurie Holladay Shop and Colonial Florist in Gordonsville. By mail through April 6. Checks payable to DMGC with a stamped, self-addressed legal sized envelope to: Cynthia Whitman, P.O. Box 1017, Orange, VA 22960.


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