By the time the final day of Historic Garden Week in RVA rolls around, the ubiquitous azaleas in Central Virginia will be in full blossom. So far Mother Nature has more than cooperated, and all of a sudden, azaleas, lilacs and wisteria are bursting into our landscapes. We should be in for a bloomin’ treat when the Richmond portion of Historic Garden Week gets underway. I am especially curious about the gardens nestled behind the walls of these featured homes on Friday’s tour along the Cary Street Road corridor between West Hillcrest Avenue and South Wilton Road.
5104 Cary Street Road (garden only)
Lying behind a long stucco wall, this hidden 1928 Cotswold cottage includes a two-acred Charles Gillette garden.
5205 Cary Street Road
A mix of antiques and contemporary art fills this 1940 Colonial Revival, whose garden is surrounded by brick walls.
5324 Cary Street Road
101 West Hillcrest Avenue (garden only)
Wilton House Museum (garden only)
Thanks to proceeds from Historic Garden Week, the Garden Club of Virginia helped with the landscaping of this 18th century Georgian home after it was moved to its present location in 1934. Now a museum displaying household treasures from the 18th and 19th centuries, entrance to the Wilton House Museum interiors is an additional cost of $10. As linked below, pre-ordered lunch will be served in The Dependency on the property.
Pre-order lunch at your choice of
All order forms must be received by April 21st (tomorrow), 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 (tomorrow). 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.
Secret gardens hold such a special appeal. Thanks to Historic Garden Week, have loads to see, and Ellen and I can hardly wait. Will we be seeing you along the way?
April 20, 2015