Lush gardens, historic homes, and warm walking tours with good company—nothing celebrates the arrival of spring like Virginia’s Historic Garden Week, and the annual event is fast approaching! “Every April, visitors are welcomed to more than 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks during ‘America’s Largest Open House.’”
The first garden tour nearby the Iris Inn is on April 26, 2014 at Morven Estate in Charlottesville: “Morven, a three-story brick manor house built in the late-Georgian/Federal Style, dates to 1820. The land on which it sits was part of the original Carter family land grant and was known to Thomas Jefferson as ‘Indian Camp.’” The estate was passed from Jefferson to his adoptive son William Short. It was then passed on to others until it was finally owned by John Kluge, who generously gifted the estate to the University of Virginia. A bit of trivia for you: “Morven” is a Scottish word that means “ridge of the hills.”
Saturday, May 30, 2013 is the Staunton, Waynesboro, and Stuarts Draft Tour, with a theme of “From Colonial Expansion to Colonial Revival.” You have the opportunity to explore a 200-year old house, a Colonial Revival private residence, a bed and breakfast, and Fishburne Military School. (Since these towns are a few miles away from each other, this will be a driving tour.)
Book your calendar, and reserve your room at the Iris Inn. You won’t want to miss out on this indulgence in history, gardens, and springtime in Virginia.