Virginia Historic Garden Week 

April 26 through May 3.

click to enlarge This Italianate house on Westover Road, built by James E. Crass (who introduced Coca-Cola to Richmond), will be on the Byrd Park and Maymont tour April 30.

Scott Elmquist

This Italianate house on Westover Road, built by James E. Crass (who introduced Coca-Cola to Richmond), will be on the Byrd Park and Maymont tour April 30.

It’s called Historic Garden Week, but that’s selling it short. For eight days beginning April 26, the doors and garden gates of 250 private residences — some grandiose, all enticing — will be thrown open for inspection and ogling. The vicarious thrills are considerable. And while many of the properties indeed are historic, the event is also a way to inspect fresh renovations, spot design trends and be reassured that gracious living traditions are alive and well statewide. Three Richmond tours include Byrd Park and Maymont (April 30), Glenbrooke Hills (May 1) and Hampton Gardens (May 2), neighborhoods that have only deepened in appeal since their development in the early 20th century. The Garden Club of Virginia has presented this rite of spring since 1929, with proceeds benefiting the intelligent and beautiful restoration of historic gardens. For information, dates and tickets visit vagardenweek.org.

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