Charlottesville Garden Club is honored to host the 2018 Historic Garden Week from April 21-23, as it celebrates 85 years of fundraising to preserve the beauty and natural habitats of the Commonwealth. The inspiration for Historic Garden week was born out of a fundraiser in 1927 to save trees planted by Thomas Jefferson at Monticello. This year's tour takes us to the bucolic Keswick hunt country of Albemarle County. All properties are nestled in the heart of the Southwest Mountain's Rural Historic District. Enjoy estate architecture and stunning gardens that have come to typify Mr. Jefferson's Central Virginia. On Sunday's House and Garden Tour visit properties, including a 1,250-acre estate on the Virginia Landmark Register; an 18th century home with formal gardens and an extensive arboretum-never before on tour; a contemporary, award-winning farmhouse; and historic Grace Episcopal Church.
On Saturday, as part of the three-day tour, visit the home and gardens of Morven Estate, near Monticello. On Monday, visit Pavilion residences and restored gardens along the Lawn at the University of Virginia as well as Car's Hill, the home of the university's president. Throughout the weekend enjoy artists at work in the gardens, restaurants featuring locally-sourced food, award-winning vineyards, craft breweries, and boutique shopping in the Tour’s Marketplace.
The Rivanna and Albemarle Garden clubs join us in presenting this tour. Tour proceeds are used for the restoration and preservation of historic Virginia gardens, landscapes, state parks, a research fellowship program and other initiatives supporting the Garden Club of Virginia’s mission. Please see www.vagardenweek.org for pricing and schedule information. Additional photographs are available on request.