|Maymont in Richmond in the Spring|
Conveniently, the Garden Club of Virginia provides a 240 page booklet complete with graphic details about the tour featuring such Spring beauties as flowering Dogwood, Hydrangea, Tulips, and Daffodils. Look for the booklet at your local library or read details online. The tour features homes and gardens, some communities lean more toward gardens, some more to homes.
|Historic home on tour in 2012, Ashland, Virginia|
|Arrangement on Ashland Tour, 2012|
Saturday, May 3: The Lexington tour is located within Monroe Park, a subdivision that began construction in the 1920s. This tour features 7 homes and/or gardens.
There are a few communities that have fantastic descriptions but given we limit our driving distance to 2 hours, they are out of reach.
Lynchburg, Richmond, Roanoke, and Petersburg sound really good but were not chosen for various reasons.
|Old City Cemetery, Lynchburg, Virginia|
|Patio on tour in Ashland, Virginia 2012|
|Home on 2013 Tour, Richmond, Virginia|
|The Star City of the South, Roanoke, Virginia|
I have to shut my eyes and not even dare read Williamsburg, Virginia Beach, Fairfax, Eastern Shore... all too far to travel but I'm sure offering outstanding tours.
|Walking trail, at the foothill of Monticello|
Monday, April 28th: Free lecture and tour, 2 pm, Kitchen Road Restoration at Monticello (RESERVATIONS REQUIRED - website refers to 10 am but trust me, it's at 2 pm).
Tuesday April 29th: Free lecture, "Expanding Jefferson's Vision, Master Plan for the University of Virginia" will be held at the Albert and Shirley Small Collection Library on campus at 2 pm. I adore this amazing library which by the way, also hosts a wonderful summer lecture series.
If you have not toured the Academical Village Pavilion Gardens near the Rotunda on campus, add that to your list! The gardens are magical.
So much to see and so little time - 8 days, 250 gardens, 2,000 floral arrangements - WOW.
Where ever you decide to go, you are sure to find beauty and surprises. Proceeds benefit historic garden preservation in Virginia and the list of success stories is quite a lengthy one! Currently nearly 50 gardens in the state are undergoing preservation projects.