As the editor who manages garden content for Traditional Home, so much publicity about garden events crosses my desk that I become garden blind. But Richmond's Historic Garden Week, April 21-28, really caught my eye. What sets it apart is not only its setting in a lovely historic city, but also the beauty of the gardens featured, the quality of the accommodations offered, and the variety of events that make it attractive both to passionate gardeners and casual ones (like indifferent spouses) who are along for the ride. Now in its 79th year, the ambitious event includes home and garden tours by the Garden Club of Virginia.
Some event festivities take place at Maymont, a 100-acre Gilded Age estate that has lovely Japanese and Italian gardens.
Japanese Gardens at Maymont Estate in Virginia
Also on the grounds of Maymont is "Herbs Galore & More," a marketplace on the estate's emerald Carriage House Lawn, where vendors sell every herb imaginable as well as annuals, perennials, veggies, trees, garden ornaments and crafts.
During Historic Garden Week, package deals for lodging include one from The Jefferson Hotel that offers a traditional Southern breakfast and a spring floral arrangement to guests.
The Jefferson Hotel Rotunda
Maury Place At Monument Bed & Breakfast is also offering a Garden Week Package. It's located near Richmond's shopping and entertainment district, Carytown.
Richmond's Shopping District, Carytown
Other sites to visit in the area include Agecroft Hall, a 15-century Tudor-style house with grounds and gardens built in England in the 15th century and transported here, with gardens reflecting England's Tudor and early Stuart periods.
For more information on Historic Garden Week, go to vagardenweek.org