Thursday, April 28, 2022

Historic Garden Week in Virginia, Fredericksburg Home and Garden Tour 2022

Tuesday we toured six beautiful homes and gardens in historic Fredericksburg as part of the annual Historic Garden Week in Virginia. An afternoon rain was in the forecast but it literally held off until we finished our very last stop at the Kenmore Plantation. We missed one home as we confused it with the plantation on the map.

Fredericksburg has a vibrant charming historic commercial district with homes from the early 18th century surrounding this area. The oldest residential structure was on the tour, The Charles Dick House - Georgian architecture constructed in 1740. All homes preserved the beautiful original architecture but many had completely updated interiors. Modern kitchens and rooms with a garden view were common elements.

The Rappahannock Garden Club hosted the local event and members were especially nice. 

Highly skilled in floral design, arrangements were place throughout properties, inside and out. We were prohibited from taking photos of interiors so unfortunately I can not show you any. We've traveled to various locations for 12 years and the arrangements were some of the best created.

Gardens were full of blooming Azalea, Hosta, Columbine, Solomon Seal, Dogwood, and Tulips. 

Peony was budding and ready to pop. Virginia is a lovely state to visit during Spring.

Some gardens were colorful and showy and other subtle and peaceful.

We rested over some wonderful coffee and the best no-chicken salad I've ever eaten at Katora Coffee

I highly recommend a quick stop if you're in the area; the White Chocolate Rose Latte and Sandwich were delicious. 

My main focus on the tour is always the gardens. I always appreciate an extensive tour with a lot of variety. I partly was interested in this tour because one of the homes used to be a flower shop. The retired flower shop owner now lives in the property adjoining the tour home. Open for strolling, it was a good example of a small garden packed with a wide variety of interesting plants. 

Several gardens focused on native plants, Kenmore Plantation has a sweet native garden and massive trees on the property. It also has a large separate formal garden. We didn't have time to take a guided tour but we were fortunate to be able to walk the grounds.

Kenmore Plantation formal gardens
I recommend a visit to Fredericksburg and stroll around the historic district. 

Flowers are oozing in this area this time of year and its just getting started!


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