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).
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
4015 Hermitage Road
”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)
4102 Hermitage Road
”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
Special Wednesday Events
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.
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.
April 15, 2015