Join us in celebrating the 200th birthday of Frederick Olmsted, the “father” of architectural landscape and urban public parks. Stroll through the neighborhood of historic West Freemason in Downtown Norfolk. Bound by the breezes of the Elizabeth River to the west and south, and once almost destroyed by the British in the Revolutionary War, surviving West Freemason showcases many of Norfolk’s pre-Civil War structures now backlit by the glow of surrounding modern life. Original cobblestone streets will lead visitors to beautiful homes, and gorgeous gardens.
Historic Garden Week in Virginia is the nation’s only statewide home and garden tour. Over 30,000 people attend 28 tours across the state of Virginia. Proceeds fund the Garden Club of Virginia’s restoration and preservation of historic public gardens throughout Virginia, as well as a fellowship program in landscape architecture that documents significant gardens in Virginia. Some of the preserved gardens include Monticello, Stratford Hall, Poplar Forest, Edgar Allen Poe Museum, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens – more locally Moses Myers House, Bacon’s Castle, Lee Hall, William & Mary.