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Virginia Bluebells: A Spectacular Sign of Spring

Photography by Robert Llewellyn,


Walk through the forest in the spring and you might just be rewarded with the beautiful sight of a carpet of Virginia bluebells in flower. They’re one of the few plants with true-blue blooms, and stumbling across a mass planting—wild or cultivated—is a real treat.

Whether in the woods or your garden, bluebells are a delightful respite from the dreary months of winter. One of the most beautiful species of spring ephemerals are Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica). These lovely plants are in the family Boraginaceae, which makes them relatives of other familiar species like forget-me-not, lungwort, and comfrey. The bluebell is also called the Virginia cowslip.

Over the Top Pool Houses

By Cathy Purple Cherry AWA, Founding Principal and Landscape Architect Kevin Campion, Campion Hruby Landscape Architects. Photography by David Burroughs

Perhaps the only thing more luxurious than lounging by a shimmering pool is knowing that a fruity beverage, a fluffy towel or bathroom are just a few steps away from your chaise. Although a pool house might seem like an extravagant frill, a well-designed one can certainly boost your poolside enjoyment exponentially.

Philanthropy in Virginia

Record $50 Million Gift to Virginia Tech Results in Naming of The Fralin Biomedical Research Institute in Roanoke

The Horace G. Fralin Charitable Trust and Heywood and Cynthia Fralin will donate a record $50 million to Virginia Tech to support research at the newly renamed Fralin Biomedical Research Institute within the evolving Virginia Tech Carilion Academic Health Center in Roanoke.


Sowing Seeds

Boar’s Head Resort Partners
With Babylon Micro-Farms

Photography by Jack Looney,

Boar’s Head Resort has partnered with Babylon Micro-Farms, an organization comprised of student entrepreneurs from the nearby University of Virginia, to transform its historic Trout House into a state-of-the-art hydroponic garden that will provide fresh produce for the resort’s restaurants, including the iconic Mill Room. This unique system will supply the restaurant with its own homegrown lettuce, among other vegetables, making the restaurant completely self-sufficient in salad, which is a first in North America.



Historic Garden Week in Virginia

The Nation’s Only Statewide House and Garden Tour Continues to Keep Virginia Beautiful,

“Historic Garden Week is unprecedented as a fundraiser that underwrites restoration projects and supports our centennial project with the state parks,” explains Jean Gilpin, President of the Garden Club of Virginia (GCV), the event’s sponsoring organization. With 40 active restoration sites and 24 grants to Virginia’s parks in the past three years, the work of the Garden Club of Virginia has broad and significant statewide impact.

The full-color Historic Garden Week Guidebook provides in-depth descriptions of nearly 250 houses and gardens featured on the upcoming tour, as well as directions, ticket prices, and local tour contact information. Copies of the Guidebook are available at local outlets throughout the state and for purchase from the Garden Club of Virginia Richmond office. Tickets must be purchased in advance.