Stop and Smell the Roses: Historic Garden Week in Charlottesville

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Virginia’s Historic Garden Week is the only statewide garden and house tour. It’s a tradition that has been contributing to the local economy for over 85 years. With roots beginning in the early 20th century, the Garden Club of Virginia hosts Historic Garden Week. This year, the event will take place from April 27th until May 4th. Featuring 31 tours and more than 200 private homes, there will be thousands of flower arrangements on display. With more flowers than you can imagine, transport yourself into a garden wonderland and support the preservation of Virginia’s gardens.

Tour Gardens in Charlottesville

For a Charlottesville garden tour, check out the Albemarle County Tour on Sunday, April 28th.  From 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., you will visit five private properties just west of the city in a small town called Ivy. Although all five properties will allow you to see the exterior gardens, two of the properties will also let you tour the inside of the home. Explore a mountaintop estate, a farmhouse surrounded by gardens, a repurposed sheep farm, and 19th-century cottage, and a shade garden. The Charlottesville garden tour is great for those who live in the area and don’t want to travel far for Historic Garden Week.

The headquarters for the Charlottesville garden tour is the Greencroft Club. Advance tickets cost $40, while tickets purchased on the day of the event cost $50. The Boninti Home, Little Spring Hollow, Friend and Walter Home, Viewpoint, and Ottaway Home are the main locations listed on the guide. If you’re interested in exploring gardens outside of the area, the Orange and Staunton Garden Tours are within driving distance to Charlottesville. Check out the Historic Garden Week website for a full list of all 31 tours available.


Depending on the location, ticket prices begin at $15 and go up to $300 for complete access to all statewide tours. If you purchase tickets in advance, you may be eligible for a discounted rate. There is no refund, so be certain that you can make the event before buying the ticket. Additionally, you may purchase tickets online and at select locations. To tour the gardens in Charlottesville, you can buy tickets in-person at Caspari, Folly, Kenny Ball Antiques, Pour La Maison, the Wine and Country Shop, and Tourterelle.

Arden Place is a luxury apartment community located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Neither urban, nor rural, Arden Place offers the perfect atmosphere for its residents to work and play. Schedule a tour and see why we recently received the 2018 SatisFacts Resident Satisfaction Award.

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