CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA –March 30, 2017 – The springtime tradition of Historic Garden Week continues its 84th year in Virginia with Albemarle Garden Club hosting the upcoming local tour featuring country estate homes and gardens with beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain views. Five properties northwest of Charlottesville will be open to the public during this shuttle tour in addition to the bookend events at Morven Estate and the University of Virginia.
The tour begins at Foxfield where visitors will park and find a vendor boutique, educational resources and materials and a variety of food trucks. Shuttles will be provided to all properties: the gardens of Southfield which frame the twenty-acre property; Choill Mhor, an English Country Manor home; Midway, a historic property dating to 1749; The Laing House, a Georgian-influenced “American Country Home;” and Fox Ridge Farm, an active equestrian farm with a renovated Neo-Georgian Manor home. Each estate offers a different perspective of architectural and landscaping opportunities that exist in the natural beauty of the countryside.
Following annual tradition, Morven will be open to visitors on Saturday, April 22 and on Monday, April 24 the University of Virginia will open the Pavilion Gardens, East Pavilion Homes IV and X, Carr’s Hill and Morea Garden and Arboretum. The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library will host a special presentation, “Thomas Jefferson’s Rotunda: Beginning its Third Century” at 2:00 p.m.
The Charlottesville and Rivanna Garden Clubs join Albemarle in presenting this tour. Proceeds from Historic Garden Week support the restoration and preservation of historic Virginia gardens and landscapes, a research fellowship program and other initiatives supporting the Garden Club of Virginia’s mission.
Tickets are $50 per person; $45 advance purchase. Visit www.vagardenweek.org for ticket and schedule information.