The state of Virginia shows off the beauty of its spring gardens, flower arrangement displays and restored historic landmarks during one week in the Spring. Historic Virginia Garden Week dates back to 1927 when the first Garden Club of Virginia raised money to save several trees at Monticello which were planted by Thomas Jefferson. And the tradition continues as proceeds from Historic Garden Week go toward the restoration and preservation of Virginia’s historic public gardens. Several projects that benefitted our area occurred at Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library in Staunton and Washington & Lee University in Lexington.
Our local Garden Clubs are hosting the 2015 Garden Week events in Staunton and Lexington on April 18 & 25.
STAUNTON (Augusta County)
April 18 10am-5pm. Hosted by the Augusta Garden Club.
This year’s tour is comprised of farms & estates that have connections to the area’s history. Speakers will be present to provide information on the agricultural usage of the land that supports the community. Also a boxed lunch will be available and music will be provided as part of the tour.
Pre-Garden Tour Party will be held on Friday April 17 5-7:30pm in the restored gardens of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library. Enjoy appetizers, wine, local beer and music while strolling in the gardens.
LEXINGTON (Rockbridge County)
April 25 10am-5pm. Hosted by the Blue Ridge Garden Club.
Four restored homes and their gardens all located in historic downtown Lexington will be included in this tour. There will be an option to walk the ½ mile tour route or take a trolley ride to the garden locations. Tour includes a history of their restorations, history of Lexington and its quaint Main Street. Enjoy bluegrass music and lunch at great local restaurants. Stop in at the Visitor Center to sign up for a walking tour of the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery.
April showers bring May flowers (as the saying goes). But here in the Shenandoah Valley our flowers in the gardens will be blooming in April! See it for yourself. We are located midway between Staunton and Lexington so decide which one you want to attend. We still have some room availability left.
See you soon!