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Historic Garden Week RVA Continues on Lovely Kingcrest Parkway

4211 Kingcrest Parkway on HGW RVA Thursday tour © The Gracious Posse2

Historic Garden Week in RVA continues on Thursday, April 23rd on one of the loveliest streets in the near West End, Kingcrest Parkway. The focus of this tours is gardens and flowers. Not only will you be inspired by the spectacular gardens, but plan to enjoy the architectural mix that faces the landscaped median as you stroll along the parkway from house to house.

listen to what Kathy Watson and Peyton Wells, chairs of the Thursday and Friday RVA tours, recently had to say to local CBS affiliate about the upcoming Historic Garden Week tours

Kingcrest Parkway Homes and Adjacent Churches

4211 Kingcrest Parkway (garden only)

4211 Kingcrest Parkway on HGW RVA Thursday tour © The Gracious PosseThe gardens of this 1925 Federal-style home feature an outdoor garden room amongst mature plantings, including a variety of roses, peonies and hydrangeas.

4212 Kingcrest Parkway

4212 Kingcrest Parkway on HGW RVA Thursday tour © The Gracious PosseThis 1925 Italianate-style beauty is filled with exquisite European antiques sourced by the home’s owner, Kim Faison, for her eponymous shop.

4214 Kingcrest Parkway Family Room featured 2015 HGW RVAThe french doors in Faison’s newly-renovated family room (pictured in R•Home magazine’s March 2015 issue) open to a stone terrace and lush walled garden.

4218 Kingcrest Parkway

4218 Kingcrest Parkway on HGW RVA Thursday tour © The Gracious PosseLovingly remodeled within its original footprint, this 1931 Colonial Revival home features two garden rooms that expand its living space.

4228 Kingcrest Parkway (garden only)

4228 Kingcrest Parkway on HGW RVA Thursday tour © The Gracious PosseA member of the posse, the owner has nurtured an extraordinary bird-friendly garden featuring a garden house and boxwoods propagated from her father’s birthplace.

4200 Cary Street Road

Reveille House on HGW RVA Thursday tour © The Gracious PosseBuilt in 1720 on a large land grant and considered the second oldest home in the City of Richmond, “Reveille House” remains vital today as the administrative building for Reveille United Methodist Church. Visitors may tour the main floor which retains its original floors in the living and dining rooms and foyer, then explore its expansive gardens hidden by 200 year old boxwoods.

30 Malvern Avenue

Greek Orthodox Cathedral on HGW RVA Thursday tour © The Gracious PosseThe exquisite altar at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral (the host of RVA’s wildly popular annual Greek Festival) is dressed for Easter.

Special Thursday Events

Historic Restoration Sites Flower Show/Exhibition

Located in the hallways of Reveille United Methodist Church, this juried show will included ten judged classes, including two by children. The designs will highlight garden restoration projects funded by the proceeds from Historic Garden Week over the last 86 years.

Lunch

Pre-order lunch at your choice of

All order forms must be received by April 21st, so make your plans now and mail in those forms.

Available All Three RVA Tour Days

Tuckahoe Plantation Garden

Stroll though the land where Thomas Jefferson lived and played as a boy. Purchase plants with a provenance from this working farm. For an additional $10, you can tour this most historic of homes, which is also now serving as a set in the AMC television series, Turn.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Buy your ticket through Historic Garden Week for Van Gogh, Manet and Matisse: The Art of the Flower and take advantage of untimed entry any day of the RVA tours into this extraordinary exhibit that generally requires a timed reservation. The Museum’s Sculpture Garden with its cascading waterfall would make the perfect spot to end a day of garden touring. In this unique setting, you can enjoy a drink or a bite to eat and reflect on all that you have seen.

Advance Ticket Sales

Save some money by purchasing your tickets on-line by noon on April 21st. Through that date, you can also purchase (cash or check only) advanced tickets for the Richmond tours locally at the VMFA, Fraîche, The Shops at 5807, Greenhouse II, Libbie Market, Janet Brown Interiors, The Kellogg Collection, Ellwood Thompson Market, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Sneed’s Nursery, Williams & Sherrill, The Garden Place, Plow & Hearth, Tweed and Strange’s.

Ellen and I are both working this tour on Thursday morning. Guess which locations? We hope to see you there!

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April 17, 2014

p.s. Don’t forget our giant yard sale tomorrow. If you are in the neighborhood, stop by to say hi. More info in the sidebar.

 

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Countdown to Historic Garden Week ~ The Hermitage Road Historic District Tour

Hermitage Road garden close-up © The Gracious Posse

This Saturday, April 18th marks the beginning of the 82nd edition of the Garden Club of Virginia’s Historic Garden Week. The 47 member clubs will be hosting tours throughout the Commonwealth through Saturday, April 25th. As the center of all things Virginia, RVA’s member clubs in conjunction with the Council of Historic Richmond will present three tours, each on a different day, but collectively entitled Experience the Art of Gardening and sponsored by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA).

HGW 2015 RVA Tours brochure

Hermitage Road Historic District

Today we want to give you a sneak peak of the first RVA tour. Taking place next Wednesday, April 22nd from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the Hermitage Road Historic District tour features five homes, each at least 90 years old. The tour lies within easy walking distance of the Scottish Rite Temple, which serves as the tour’s headquarters, so just put on your walking shoes and prepare for a beautiful stroll through these lovely gems.

4010 Hermitage Road

4010 Hermitage Road HGW stop © The Gracious Posse”The Oaks” built in 1909 combines Queen Anne and Colonial Revival architecture to note-worthy result.

4015 Hermitage Road

4015 Hermitage Road HGW stop © The Gracious Posse1

4015 Hermitage Road HGW stop © The Gracious Posse2”Holly Lawn,” a 1900 Queen Anne treasure designed by D. Wiley Anderson, retains its mystique behind a mature landscape while featuring a brand new kitchen intended to bridge the gap between old and new.

4017 Hermitage Road (garden only)

4017 Hermitage Road HGW stop © The Gracious PosseThe gardens of this charming Colonial Revival are filled with tulips, peonies, magnolias and crepe myrtles. 

4102 Hermitage Road

4102 Hermitage Road HGW stop © The Gracious Posse”Wrenford,” built in 1896 by British architect Walter R. Higham, also showcases the combined Queen Anne/Colonial Revival vernacular and features two carriage houses, original oak and heart pine floors and family antiques, as well as the eye-catching blue arbor.

4105 Hermitage Road

4105 Hermitage Road HGW stop © The Gracious PosseA dogwood-fronted 1925 Tudor Revival includes original windows and floors and a sunroom overlooking the property’s rear gardens.

Special Wednesday Events

Lunch

If you are making a day of this tour, you can preorder lunch from The New Community School just up the block from the last house. You can also enjoy lunch at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in the Marble Hall in between your tour and a visit to the Museum’s featured exhibit, Van Gogh, Manet and Matisse: The Art of the Flower.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

While you are at the VMFA, learn about the buildings on the Museum’s campus. At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., staff from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources will lead informational talks. Meet them at the top of the cascading waterfall in the Museum’s Sculpture Garden.

Executive Mansion

Between 11 a.m. and 3:30, Richmond Concierge and First Class Limo will be offering shuttle rides from the Scottish Rite Temple to Virginia’s Executive Mansion. Built in the Federal style in 1811, the Mansion’s garden’s were designed and installed in the 1950’s by noted Richmond landscape architect Charles Gillette with funds raised through Historic Garden Week. Wednesday’s visitors can tour the main floor, the former kitchen/servants’ quarters and the Gillette garden.

Available All Three RVA Tour Days

Tuckahoe Plantation Garden

Stroll though the land where Thomas Jefferson lived and played as a boy. Purchase plants with a provenance from this working farm. For an additional $10, you can tour this most historic of homes, which is also now serving as a set in the AMC television series, Turn.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Buy your ticket through Historic Garden Week for Van Gogh, Manet and Matisse: The Art of the Flower and take advantage of untimed entry any day of the RVA tours into this extraordinary exhibit that generally requires a timed reservation. The Museum’s Sculpture Garden with its cascading waterfall would make the perfect spot to end a day of garden touring. In this unique setting, you can enjoy a drink or a bite to eat and reflect on all that you have seen.

Advance Ticket Sales

Save some money by purchasing your tickets on-line by noon on April 21st. Through that date, you can also purchase (cash or check only) advanced tickets for the Richmond tours locally at the VMFA, Fraîche, The Shops at 5807, Greenhouse II, Libbie Market, Janet Brown Interiors, The Kellogg Collection, Ellwood Thompson Market, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Sneed’s Nursery, Williams & Sherrill, The Garden Place, Plow & Hearth, Tweed and Strange’s.

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Have whet your appetite for next Wednesday’s Hermitage Road Historic District tour? We can’t wait to visit all of the beautiful homes. In the meantime, we will have more of Historic Garden Week RVA to preview over the next few days. 

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April 15, 2015

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Choosing Happiness in Times of Transition

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Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
― Marcel Proust

Maybe it’s the inconsistencies of the weather, but each April I seem to get a case of the blues. Not only am I unable to hold onto yesterday’s sunny blue skies that beckoned my peonies upward, I am helpless to halt the passage of time as I watch transition barreling my way.

just shooting peonies © The Gracious Posse

Ever since our daughter entered pre-school some 21 years ago, I, like most parents, have marked time by school years. The end of each of those years has always brought a bit of melancholy as I tried desperately to cling to the school-day routines. This year both of my children will finish the school year by the end of April, and our girl will complete her formal education.

newly shooting peonies © The Gracious Posse

I find myself dwelling on her upcoming transition to real life with a feeling of grief for the years that have passed and the end of a significant era. While it’s natural to mourn a bit in these times of transition, I’ve got to turn my thoughts around before I start wallowing in it and accept that the days when I wielded some control over my children’s lives are long departed. Fortunately the act of writing this post serves as my necessary reminder to stop looking back and simply 

Choose Happiness © The Gracious Posse

Recognizing the loss of control goes hand-in-hand with accepting the realization that I am the only who can control how I feel. Grateful for the blessing of a gracious posse tops that list. You are my charming gardeners who feed my soul, whether with your kind words and suggestions or mere presence, and make me happy.

shooting peonies filling in © The Gracious Posse

In choosing happiness, I need to get out of my own head and turn and tend to you. I realize my own wistfulness at the passing of time is nothing compared to the recent pain of some others in the posse. More than a few have very recently suffered losses of family members and close friends. While words cannot heal the pain or bring happiness, perhaps this perspective-changing quote from Dr. Seuss, which I expect to be repeating often over the next month to my daughter, will conjure a brief wry smile during an otherwise difficult time.

Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened © The Gracious Posse

Often times finding happiness becomes simply a matter of changing perspective. As I serendipitously experienced on Friday over a long lunch with cFl, who recently lost her lovely mother, sharing time with a friend can often trigger that perspective change. The resulting happiness feels as beautiful as a peony blossoming in the soul.

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May 13, 2013

p.s. I may have pushed the garden metaphor a bit in this post, but I’ve got Historic Garden Week, which starts Saturday, and a series of garden-centric posts in its honor on the brain.