Spring has arrived and so has the Garden Club of Virginia’s Historic Garden Week. In addition to touring the private homes, full ticket holders for the Virginia Beach House and Garden Tour may visit the historic Adam Thoroughgood, Lynnhaven and Francis Land Houses for special programs and tours at no cost on Wednesday, April 30.
Floral arrangements created by the Council of Garden Clubs of Virginia Beach will be displayed at the Francis Land House. The Hardwick Chamber Ensemble will perform beginning at 2:30 p.m., and tea and scones will be provided by the Council of Garden Clubs of Virginia Beach. The Francis Land House also features a formal garden, herb garden, vegetable garden and demonstration plots maintained by Virginia Beach Master Gardeners and several landscaped plantings donated by local garden clubs.
The Lynnhaven House herb garden is maintained by Virginia Beach Master Gardeners. Master Gardener Paula McCann will be working in period clothing and ready to speak with visitors about how herbs were used for everyday ailments during the colonial period.
The Adam Thoroughgood House features a Colonial Revival garden designed by Alden Hopkins in 1960 and installed by the Garden Club of Virginia. It is maintained by Virginia Beach Master Gardeners.
The Virginia Beach Historic Houses are open for Garden Week ticket-holders on Wednesday, April 30, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Full Garden Week tickets also will be honored for tours on May 1 during regular operating hours. The Virginia Beach House and Garden Tour is presented by the Princess Anne Garden Club and the Virginia Beach Garden Club.
About the Virginia Beach Historic Houses:
The Virginia Beach Historic Houses include the Francis Land House, Adam Thoroughgood House, and Lynnhaven House. Along with the Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum, the historic houses are owned and operated by the City of Virginia Beach Department of Museums. The Department of Museums provides stewardship of the City’s historic resources as well as programs to educate the community about local history.
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