Thursday April 10, 2014
Spring is blooming around Richmond, and for garden lovers, the city is turning into paradise. From the million tulip blooms at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden to the annual Historic Garden Week, Richmond offers its residents the opportunity to tour beautiful homes and their gardens.
John Marshall House: Located in the heart of Richmond’s fashionable 19thcentury “Court End” district, the John Marshall House is listed on both the National and Virginia Historic Registers. Home to John Marshall, known as the “Great Chief Justice” for his role in creating the modern Supreme Court, and his family from 1790 until his death in 1835, the house has undergone very few changes since his lifetime. Now operated as a museum by Preservation Virginia, visitors can view the home’s colorful gardens during tours. Located at 818 E. Marshall St., the house is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and noon until 5 p.m. on Sunday. Prices range from $4 to $10 per person to tour the home.
Tuckahoe Plantation: The boyhood home of Thomas Jefferson is considered to be one of the most complete plantation layouts in the country dating from the early 18th century. Home to vegetable and pleasure gardens, the grounds are open daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and tours are $5 per person.
Agecroft Hall: This 15th century Tudor-style home was moved from England in 1925 and rebuilt on the banks of the James River. The grounds and the gardens of this home reflect the magnificent style of England’s Tudor and early Stuart periods. Located at 4305 Sulgrave Road, Agecroft Hall is open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 12:30 until 5 p.m. on Sundays. Admission prices range from free to $8 per person.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden: At 40 acres, Richmond’s botanical garden is home to one of the largest and most diverse perennial gardens on the East Coast. It also boasts the only classical domed conservatory that is open to the public in the mid-Atlantic region. The gardens are open daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at 1800 Lakeside Avenue in Henrico. Admission prices range from free to $11 per person.
Virginia House: This 16th century home was transported from England to Richmond’s Windsor Farms community in 1925, where it was then redesigned and built by Henry Grant Morse. Nearly 80 acres of gardens and grounds that were designed by Charles Gillette surround the home. Located at 4301 Sulgrave Road, the house is open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 12:30 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission prices range from $4 to $6 per person.
Maymont: This beautiful home was given by James Henry and Sallie Dooley so that future generations could enjoy it as much as they did. Its combination of man-made elegance of art and architecture and the surrounding natural beauty of plants, animals, water and paths located throughout the 100 acres creates a beautiful scene. You can stroll through the gardens, tour the mansion, watch river otters play, pet a goat or picnic on the lawn. The grounds are home to Italian and Japanese gardens, a carriage collection, 400 animals in the wildlife exhibit, a nature center and the Children’s Farm. The grounds are open daily from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and prices range from $3 to $5. Maymont is located at 2201 Shields Lake Drive.
This is just a small selection of the beautiful gardens that can be visited in and around Richmond during the spring. To see more of what’s in bloom, check out VisitRichmondVA.com or VAGardenWeek.org.
In addition to these beautiful gardens, our new home communities are conveniently located near a wide variety of shops, dining, recreation and entertainment options throughout the city of Richmond. For more information on the available home, visit the Boone Homes website today.