Historic Garden Week 2017 may be over, but the fragrant memories linger. Once again the chairs for the three Richmond tours melded a pleasing collection of homes and gardens to be toured in three very distinctive neighborhoods. While two make regular tour appearances, the third – Riverside Drive in Westover Hills – was a brand new delight for so many visitors.
Gracious owners who open their homes to the hordes of visitors during America’s Largest Open House have been prepping for a year or more for one single day when their house and garden are on display. Whether its zhushing, simply decluttering or undertaking a significant renovation, a potential hostess faces a daunting challenge when considering revealing her home to strangers, even when the proceeds provide funds to restore historic gardens throughout the Commonwealth. As always seems to happen, the properties featured this year lived up to the hype and presented many inspiring styles of living from historic and traditional to modern and edgy, and all felt inviting and comfortable.
While we savor everything about the tours, we find ourselves particularly enchanted by the floral designs created by fellow members of the local garden clubs and featured throughout the homes. Though photos are prohibited by visitors inside the homes to protect the owners’ privacy, we were granted permission to take pictures of the floral designs as a way to capture these fleeting creations for posterity. As we did last year, we have rounded the photos up into a slideshow video for your viewing pleasure.
With most of the 200+ arrangements created for the three days included, the video lasts just over 12 minutes, so grab a cup of coffee or glass of wine and prepare to relax and enjoy. Lighting and crowds made shooting some of these designs very difficult. I apologize for the quality of some of the shots but hope you can still appreciate the artistry of the designs. We thank jBp for sharing some of her photos taken after arranging at one of the Windsor Farms’ home.
While hellebores seem to make the most appearances in the arrangements once again this year, the warm winter and cool wet April weeks definitely had an impact – good and bad – on the other ingredients in the creations. Missing for the most part were snowball viburnum that usually play such a big role in spring arrangements, but many peonies opened almost two weeks early this year and definitely provided a visual pop to many of the displays. The garden club ladies sure know how to make do with whatever flowers and greens Mother Nature provides at the time.
We do hope you enjoy the video and plan to put the best of these photos on Facebook in the coming weeks. Be sure that you are following The Gracious Posse’s Facebook page to get notice when they are up. Let the images of these fleeting designs become a source of inspiration for your next flower arrangements.
May 5, 2017