Wednesday, March 7, 2012

America's Largest Open House

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


  1. Fabulous gardens, wish I could be there!

  2. Wow, if this doesn't get me in the mood to work in the garden, nothing will! Beautiful, the green is so vibrant!

  3. Something ate my post!
    I am sorry that I don't live closer. I would be right in the middle of this. I love the homes and gardens, and as you know all of this is right up my alley! I love your garden. Virginia has the most lush greenery. I attended a conference in Lansdowne when I was a broker.
    Hope to see more images later.
    Happy Wednesday.

  4. What a gorgeous tour, they're all such beautiful views! Thanks for sharing :)

  5. Hi Karen, I completely agree. I get so excited at this time of the year!

    Kathy and Teresa, I edited the post with links to a Southern Living page with lists tours throughout the South, and also a link to the National Gardening Association resource page which lists tours and events all over the United States.

  6. Nina...these are fabulous gardens, I can see why you are patiently waiting for their return. I can also appreciate the length of Jennings recovery mode...I can not begin to imagine. What an honour!
    Best wishes for a lovely weekend to you both...
    Jeanne xx


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