Historic Garden Week in VA, 2012

“But each spring…a gardening instinct, sure as the sap rising in the trees, stirs within us. We look about and decide to tame another little bit of ground.” — Lewis Gantt Nothing proclaims the arrival of spring quite like the … Continue reading

Veterans Day, 2011

“The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they … Continue reading

2,700 Books, a Slow Learner, and a Gambling Son

The Iris Inn is within reasonable driving distance of the homes of four previous U.S. Presidents. Not one, not two, not even three, but FOUR presidents’ homes: Monticello, Ash Lawn-Highland, the Woodrow Wilson Presidental Library and Museum, and Montpelier. Continue reading