Today on the Garden Club of Virginia’s 80th Historic Garden Week, we head to the north side of Richmond for a look at some beautiful older homes and their manicured gardens. Alison’s husband loved growing up in this neighborhood that was first developed in 1919 and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As you can see from the pictures below, Laburnum Park features a wide variety of home styles that you just don’t see in today’s developments. All of the homes are located on three parallel streets, which should make for a lovely walking tour on a beautiful Spring day. See the Garden Club of Virginia’s Guidebook for more details.
You can’t think about landscape architectural history in Richmond without conjuring the name of Charles Gillette. Recently I stumbled upon Genius in the Garden: Charles F. Gillette and Landscape Architecture in Virginia by local author and long-time Richmond real estate agent, George C. Longest,
at an estate sale and snapped it up faster than the dandelion weed sprouts in my front yard. Gillette’s name is uttered with reverence in this city, having produced the classic landscape designs for University of Richmond, Agecroft Hall, the Virginia House, Nordley and the Executive Mansion of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Although Gillette’s legacy lies with those notable structures, his work was prolific throughout our state, with many residences still boasting a “Gillette garden” as part of its desirable features. I have enjoyed reading about his life, training, career and impact on our city and state. After a day spent touring older homes, I highly recommend it for your library.
April 24, 2013