We have gardening on our minds and are eagerly anticipating the house and garden tours of Historic Garden Week, hosted by the Garden Club of Virginia.
Every year since 1929, the most beautiful homes, gardens and historic properties in the state are opened to the public for one week in April. This year, the dates are April 21st to the 28th. See highlights of the 2012 tour here and the full-color brochure here.
Poplar Grove was honored to be selected for the tour a few years ago. Jennings is still recovering.
On this years tour, visitors will get to see breathtaking gardens at their peak of springtime color
tour beautiful homes and historic estates
and see creative fresh floral arrangements placed throughout each home by one of the 47 affiliated Virginia garden clubs.
The Garden Club of Virginia is an active group of more than 3,300 civic leaders from all over the state. Its purpose is to promote gardening among amateurs, protect native trees, wildflowers and birds,
encourage the conservation of natural resources, promote civic planting, encourage roadside beautification, and to aid in the restoration and preservation of Virginia's historic gardens.
We all wonder sometimes what we can possibly do to make a difference. The Garden Club of Virginia makes a big difference, with an impressive number of important projects under it's collective belt. Your state probably has a garden club too, with an affiliated club in your area. It's a fun way to meet smart, dedicated, talented people, and take an active role in the beautification of the place you live.
VA Garden Week tour proceeds fund the restoration and preservation of Virginia historic gardens. For ticket information click here.
Garden gates open throughout the South in March. To find a southern garden tour close to you, see the Southern Living guide here. The National Gardening Association also has a fantastic resource page for finding tours, shows, festivals, lectures and plant swaps in your area, here.
Image Credits: 1-5 Catriona Erler 6. Monument Ave. Richmond 7. Basset Hall 8- 10. Jane Cowles 11. Helen Horsley 12-13. Catriona Erler 14. Van Chaplin