Once again the local Garden Club of Virginia members provided a spectacular show of all that the Richmond surrounds has to offer for the 2016 edition of Historic Garden Week last week. Gracious homeowners from Charles City County and the near West End of Richmond welcomed to their stunning properties crowds of design-lovers. Floral arrangements created by teams from the local GCV garden clubs complemented the lovely interiors and landscapes with as much of Mother Nature’s bounty as they could scavenge from their own and friends’ gardens.
With three days worth of top-notch design, it was easy to feel a bit overwhelmed, much less take it all in. Fortunately as a Marketing co-chair for the event, I had total access to all the properties and was able to capture the floral designs digitally. I put together this slideshow for you to enjoy at your leisure. It’s just over 11 minutes long, so sit back with your coffee (or glass of wine) and prepare to be inspired.
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So tell us, did you have a favorite arrangement? With so many, could you even pick? How many garden elements can you name?
I think hellebores was the most used of all of the current garden blooms, but Solomon’s Seal was a close second. Snowball Viburnum, many varieties of Azaleas, and sweet-smelling lilacs, as well as my beloved lilies of the valley, made many appearances, too. With our warm winter and then late chills, the flower arrangers were working with a different palate of greenery and blossoms than the usual (including a few just-blooming peonies, rhododendron and poppies), but they adapted beautifully, don’t you think? If you liked this video, please share it with your design-loving friends. They might just be inspired to look at their own garden bounties with a new eye to the joyful possibilities they can create inside.
May 3, 2016
p.s. The Historic Garden Week RVA Facebook page will be updated with albums containing all of those slide photos and more over the next few weeks. If you LIKE the page, you will receive updates on your own Facebook feed.