Williamsburg, Historic Garden Week in Virginia takes on
a day of "Art and the Garden" with more than
just pretty plants and fine furnishings in the homes
open to visitors on April 26.
Garden Week in Virginia, April 23-30, features 250
private homes and gardens open for public tours
statewide. Sponsored by the Garden Club of Virginia —
www.gcvirginia.org – since 1929, the annual event
raises funds for the restoration and preservation of
public gardens at historic sites, including Monticello,
Mount Vernon and Montpelier.
garden club estimates the cumulative economic impact of
the country’s only statewide home and garden tour for
the past 45 years is $425 million, according to a news
release. The event attracts 30,000 visitors, and
includes local residents and out-of-state tourists. For
more information, including a downloadable guidebook and
tickets, visit www.vagardenweek.org.
$50 ticket for the day includes admission to five sites,
an "Art in Bloom" fine art and flower
exhibition, escorted College of William and Mary
landscape tour, Virginia Glass Guild show and sale,
lectures on botanical art and landscape design and even
a vintage car display. In addition, there’s
"Birds, Bugs and Plants: Observing the Natural
World in the 18th Century" at the Art Museums at
Colonial Williamsburg; Chamber Music Candlelight Concert
at Bruton Parish Church; lunchtime food trucks near the
Wildflower Refuge at William and Mary.
homes — Lindsey Home and Bed-Mede — on tour are sure
to catch your attention and make you stay awhile,
according to Terry Buntrock, tour spokeswoman and member
of the Williamsburg Garden Club, which hosts the event.
a huge fan of woodland gardens and shade-loving plants,
and Ed and Glenda Lindsey have transformed a woodland
ravine behind their home," says Buntrock.
Lindseys added a brick-lined path through the woods that
expands their usable property in a beautiful creative
way; it adds some mystery and adventure to their
property. I think a lot of our tour guests this year
will be inspired by the use of a part of the yard that
is often ignored."
Jim and Pam Penny have carefully restored Bel-Mede,
which was built in 1770 near Wakefield, Virginia and
moved to Williamsburg in 1947 by a William and Mary art
professor, according to Buntrock.
at the property from the front garden, tour guests will
never imagine the surprise that is in store when they
enter the house," she says.
addition to the careful restoration, the Pennys added an
art gallery wing to house their collection of folk art.
I don’t want to say too much about it, because the
surprise of it will be spoiled, but I will say, it is an
enviable art collection and the room that houses the
collection is joyful and just makes you smile to see
addition, members of the Williamsburg Garden Club will
escort guests on a tour of the gardens, art and
architecture on the William and Mary Campus, and this
year’s tour ticket includes admission to the Art
Museum at Colonial Williamsburg.
can also visit the Williamsburg Arts District, which
starts at the 800 block of Richmond Road," says
you will find 21 sculptures that make up the Outdoor Art
Gallery. As always, Mattey’s Garden at Matthew Whaley
elementary school and the Adams Garden at William and
Mary are part of the tour."