Virginia Garden Week and there are a host of activities throughout the State of Virginia sponsored by the Garden Club of Virginia.
Yesterday we traveled to Staunton to tour the Newtown Historic District. I fell in love with Staunton the moment I saw it many years ago. It has made great strides since my first trip. The Stonewall Jackson Hotel was not even under renovation at that time and I was near hysterical just thinking that this wonderful structure would fall into disrepair and ultimately be destroyed. There were some shops on the main drag and businesses were opening along warehouse row, but it was not as "happening" as it is today. I am so happy that Staunton has made such great strides and several years ago I was able to stay in the Stonewall Jackson Hotel which was saved and lovingly renovated.
It was a rainy day but very often we found ourselves actually walking in very light rain, the only torrential downpour being later in the day while we were having a late lunch. The restaurant kitchen was nearly flooded and had to be closed down it was such a huge rain. Amazingly the skies cleared and we were off to check out some local thrift stores and head to the Crozet Mudhouse for the best Mocha in Charlottesville.
Monticello for a morning tour of Thomas Jefferson's restored gardens and then go on campus at UVA to see the walled gardens on campus which I highly recommend. There is a short garden lecture on campus to be given by Shaun Spencer-Hester who lives in her grandmothers home and gardens. It sounds very reminiscent of my past life in Pulaski.