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More Spring House & Garden Tours

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

HIstoric Garden Week in Virginia has slipped by; The Fan Woman’s Club Kitchen and Garden Tour is a memory; the Museum District’s Mother’s Day Tour has passed — but we’re not done yet! Next Saturday, May 14th between noon and 5 PM, selected homes and gardens in the Ginter Park neighborhood will open their doors and gates to visitors.

Ginter Park House and Garden Tour celebrates 100 years of Architecture May 14 2011 between noon and 5 PM

The annual tour will be celebrating 100 years of architecture and gardens and the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of the Ginter Park neighborhood.  Times-Dispatch article on Ginter Park Tour Ticket Information and Details.

And, once you visited the ten homes and gardens open for touring, just up the road you’ll find Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens featuring its Millions of Blooms.  Right now the roses and peonies are in their prime and provide great photo opportunities. You can also check out the progress of world-famous artist Patrick Dougherty as he builds his stick sculpture, which will be named on May 21 at the Spring Fling in the Garden.

And, this is the FINAL weekend for the exhibition “Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris” at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Better get there before it’s gone for good!

Lots in store this weekend, don’t miss out! Richmond and central Virginia are the place to be….

Kitchen and Garden Tour May 1

Monday, April 18th, 2011

If you can’t catch one of the Richmond tours during Historic Garden Week, there’s always the Fan Woman’s Club Annual Kitchen and Garden Tour.

Kitchen and Garden Tour in Richmond's historic Fan District May 1 2011 1-6 PM

This year’s theme, Urban Delights, offers a diverse selection of homes and gardens in Richmond’s historic Fan District. Discover how urban homeowners maximize every inch of space both inside and outside their homes. See how each home has been personalized by its owners who focus on blending historic architectural details with the functionality required by modern families.  The tour features homes across the length of the Fan District, from the 1400-block of Grove to the Boulevard.

The Fan Woman’s Club organizes this tour each spring as its primary fundraiser to support its grants to neighborhood non-profit organizations and its neighborhood improvement activities.  The woman’s club has upgraded park facilities with new benches and plantings and funded new period-appropriate street litter receptacles.  Houses are staffed by volunteers and neighborhood businesses sponsor the event.

The Historic Fan District is an 85-block turn of the century (19th to 20th, that is) residential neighborhood, named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986 as the largest intact Victorian neighborhood in the United States. It takes its name from its tree-lined avenues and streets that “fan out” from Monroe Park, adjacent to the academic campus of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Best described as architecturally diverse, the over 2,300 classic town homes feature bay windows, turrets, high ceilings, parquet oak and pine floors, mahogany woodwork, stained and leaded glass, and varied porch and balcony designs. Most homes are brick or brick and brownstone.

At the east end of the Fan, close to Monroe Park, sits a unique clapboard residence on a large corner lot.  Completed before the area gained popularity in 1869, on a parcel purchased in 1862, it is now Richmond’s premier bed and breakfast known for its hearty gourmet breakfasts. A stay in our urban inn is a better way to stay: to experience the Fan neighborhood like a local, to dine in neighborhood eateries, and to enjoy live theater, neighborhood entertainment and nearby museums and attractions.

America’s Largest and Grandest Open House

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

The Garden Club of Virginia has organized the 78th Annual Historic Garden Week in Virginia from April 16th through April 23rd, presenting house and garden tours all across the state of Virginia.

Virginians from north, south, in the mountains, and by the sea are opening their doors and gates to welcome visitors to their unforgettable gardens and delightful homes dressed for Spring with fabulous flower arrangements provided by local garden clubs.  Most of the properties welcoming visitors on specific days are privately owned, but the proceeds from this tour support the preservation and restoration of the grounds of more than three dozen of Virginia’s historic landmarks.

Richmond is proud to host tours on Tuesday April 19th, Wednesday April 20th, and Thursday April 21st. Schedule.

78th Annual Historic Garden Week in Virginia Special in Richmond April 18 - 20. Book today!

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Spring is here at the inn

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

The gardens around the inn are starting to spring to life! On Friday morning the daffodils started blooming.  Signs of spring are all around, the daffodils joined the Cornelian Cherry that had been showing its yellow buds and blooms for several days.  The star magnolias have started showing their white blooms as well, particularly those branches that are in the sun.  There are two of these trees in the garden at the William Miller House Bed and Breakfast and they are among the early bloomers – blooms which will be followed by bright green leaves.  The blooms generally last only a few days; the spring rains drive the petals to the ground.  So, we relish in the days we can enjoy their splendor!

The daphne odoro just outside the kitchen door are in bloom and their lovely fragrance fills the air in the west garden near the wellhouse.  And, of course, the warm days and cool nights have perked up the pansies in the planting beds.  So plan a spring visit to Richmond, enjoy the gardens at Richmond’s premier bed and breakfast and take advantage of pleasant weather and all the cultural and historical activities and events in central Virginia!

Leather Leaf Mahonia sets its blooms, soon they will be berries! Not edible, of course!

Catch them while you can! Star Magnolia in bloom!

Daphne Odoro in bloom by the kitchen door!

Daffodils SPRING to life in the garden

Designer House & Garden Tour Opens in Richmond

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

The Richmond Symphony Orchestra League’s Designer House and Garden Tour has opened and extends through October 11th. This is the RSOL’s 14th Designer House, a beautiful English Tudor, gorgeously transformed by interior designers, landscape designers, artists, (more…)