The countdown to Historic Garden Week 2016 is on, and I am up to my eyeballs in Historic Garden Week guidebooks and brochures for the RVA tours. One of my HGW jobs this year is to help distribute these materials to retailers, hoteliers and restauranteurs all over town. Filled with important tour information, ads and lovely illustrations, they get quickly snatched up as local patrons start planning their days touring America’s Largest Open House, which begins Saturday, April 23rd and runs through Saturday, April 30th, with a total of 30 tours.
Historic Garden Week Guidebook Watercolors
Every year the statewide guidebook contains watercolor illustrations of a featured home on each of the tours. Talented RVA artist Beth Marchant has been the creator behind these guidebook highlights for as long as I have been taking HGW tours.
Wednesday, April 27th, James River Plantation Tour ~ Upper Shirley Plantation
Thursday, April 28th, Westham Ridge Tour ~ 102 South Ridge Road
Friday, April 28th, Westhampton Tour ~ 5507 Matoaka Road
Aren’t they gorgeous, and how talented is Beth? Busy as she is just with the thirty or so illustrations she creates each year for the Garden Club of Virginia, you can commission her to do an oil or watercolor of your own home.
This year the local brochure includes illustrations of most all of the homes on the Thursday, April 28th, and Friday, April 29th, RVA tours. RVA tour co-chair Kirsten Boyd engaged the services of her talented 15-year old daughter, Caroline, to create colored pencil drawings for the keys to these two tour maps that are included in the brochure. Her accurate portrayals are simply charming.
sample of Caroline Boyd’s drawings for Historic Garden Week RVA brochure
I think Caroline has a future as an artist, don’t you?
Style Weekly Special Historic Garden Week Flip Book
This week’s issue of Style Weekly includes this 28-page special insert:
It’s one more great piece to help you plan your Garden Week tours. Featuring new photos of some of the tour homes and gardens, this Flip Book will whet your appetite for visiting as many of the sites as possible.
You won’t want to miss the article inside, From Table to Tableau – Fraîche Perfects the Art of the Place Setting.
In this photo, Fraîche and local floral designer Sarah Chiffriller of Petals & Twigs illustrate how to complement a room’s decor with tabletop place settings, accessories and arrangements. Come Thursday, April 28th, this tabletop will sport a different floral creation by local garden club members that will provide another beautiful illustration of how flowers put the finishing touch on a space.
R•Home Magazine March-April Issue
The most recent issue contains a full-length feature on the home of
local artist, Nancy Mauck, which will be open for the Westham Ridge tour on Thursday, April 28th.
Throughout her career, Nancy has illustrated the lives of prominent Virginians with her commissioned portraits, and the R•Home article illustrates how Nancy has combined mid-century and traditional elements, as well as a well-curated collection of art, throughout her home to create sophisticated spaces that Historic Garden Week patrons are sure to love.
Advance Ticket Sales Pop-Ups
In addition to these local ticket sales outlets,
Ellwood Thompson’s ~ Fraîche ~ Irrestibles ~ Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden ~ Greenhouse II ~ Libbie Market ~ The Shops at 5807 ~ Sneed’s Nursery & Garden Center ~ Strange’s Florist Greenhouse & Garden Center ~ Tweed ~ Williams & Sherrill
as well as online purchase options, you can purchase advance tickets ($5 savings per tour) at two pop-up shops this Saturday, April 16th. Look for our tent at the St. Stephen’s Farmers Market, which is located conveniently between the Thursday and Friday tour locales, and our table outside Ellwood Thompson’s. We will have plenty of guidebooks, brochures and Style Weekly inserts on hand at each location for you to pick-up. Use them for your Historic Garden Week tour planning inspiration. Hope to see you there!
April 14, 2016