Historic Garden Week in Westmoreland County

As an active member of the Garden Club of the Northern Neck for 27 years, I have always enjoyed Historic Garden Week as each of the four counties in the Northern Neck is opened in rotation.  My favorite year, of course, was when Reedville was open, only 2.7 miles from Fleeton Fields.   What a fabulous opportunity to see beautiful homes and gardens, as well as stunning flower arrangements.  Even if it rains, just dress to accommodate the weather, this tour makes a wonderful day and is not to be missed.

On April 22, 2015, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, this year The Garden Club of the Northern Neck opens homes in Westmoreland County.  The theme is “Explore the Treasure of Kinsale.” It is the oldest municipal area in the Northern Neck region.  Kinsale is a quaint village created in 1709 by the House of Burgesses.  It has a museum, marina, wharf, a restored early 1900s ice cream parlor, and a gazebo on The Green.  The area is supported by watermen and farmers.  Five private properties are open to reflect life in the town, on a plantation, and by the water, spanning 230 years of history.

Located 12 miles from the Chesapeake Bay, the tour area is near Ingleside Vineyards, Westmoreland State Park and Virginia’s Northern Neck wine trail. Stratford Hall, a restoration project of the Garden Club of Virginia using proceeds from past Historic Garden Week tours, is also nearby.

Advance Tickets: $25 www.gardenweek.org.  By mail until April 15, checks payable to The Garden Club of the Northern Neck.   Include a stamped, self-addressed, legal-sized envelope to:  Lois Spencer, P.O. Box 268, Sandy Point, VA  22577. lpspencer@yahoo.com.  Available locally at Art of Coffee in Montross, Colonial Collectibles in Warsaw and The Dandelion in Irvington.  On the day of the tour, tickets will be available at each property.  Credit card purchases at Tour Headquarters only.

Quoting from Garden Club of Virginia website:

House & Garden Tours
Offered Statewide, April 18-25, 2015

Each spring visitors are welcomed to over 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks during “America’s Largest Open House.” This 8-day statewide event provides visitors a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of Virginia’s springtime color, as well as beautiful houses sparkling with over 2,000 flower arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members.

Tour proceeds fund the restoration and preservation of Virginia’s historic gardens, and provide graduate level research fellowships for building comprehensive and ongoing records of historic gardens and landscapes in the Commonwealth, and support the mission of the Garden Club of Virginia.


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