March 17 is the last day to register for Maymont’s “Full Moon Hike.”
The hike is scheduled for Friday March 18, 2011 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM and will permit registered attendees to experience Maymont “by the light of the silvery moon!” One of Maymont’s horticulturists will point out selected trees and plants and share horticulture facts at designated stops along the hike. First walk along Dooley CReek to the Japanese Garden, then head up to the Italian Garden and its magical architectural details in the evening light. Then its off to the Stone Barn for refreshments. The evening ends with a stroll past the Maymont Mansion and then back to the Nature Center.
Registration is required by Thursday March 17 and the program fee is $20 per person. Check the weather forecast to make sure you’re dressed appropriately for the weather conditions and wear good walking shoes. Once you’ve registered by calling 804-358-7166 extension 310, you’ll be given the meeting place – the Maymont Nature Center parking lot at 2201 Shields Lake Drive; free parking is available.
Maymont is 100 acres of history, habitats, and horticulture. The mansion itself is built in the style of the Newport RI “cottages,” though on a much smaller scale. It has a magnificent Tiffany Studios window, decorative details throughout, and a fabulous collection of household furnishings. Constructed on the grounds of a former dairy farm, “Maymont’s grounds are diverse, with high bluffs, massive rock outcroppings, streams and ravines. Its expansive lawns are interspersed by gazeboes, statuary, meandering walkways and various garden ornaments. Maymont’s spectacular Italian Garden, Japanese Garden and Arboretum all date to the Dooleys’ era and are highlights of any garden tour. Additionally, many smaller specialty gardens exist at Maymont. Visit Maymont’s grounds to fully understand why the grandeur of the Dooleys’ gift to Richmond grows with each passing year.”
And, this opportunity to hike the grounds by the light of the moon is bound to be a magical experience!
Maymont is less than a mile from Richmond’s historic Fan District, home of Richmond’s premier bed and breakfast!