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Historic Garden Week in Virginia

April 27 – May 4


“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.

While Virginia might be the “Mother of Presidents,” Historic Garden Week, as the oldest and largest house and garden tour in the nation, is surely the “Mother of House and Garden Tours” as well. The inspiration happened early in the organization’s history when a flower show organized by GCV volunteers raised $7000 to save trees planted by Thomas Jefferson at Monticello. The first tours, known as “pilgrimages,” took place two years later. Tour proceeds have continued to fund the restoration and preservation of the Commonwealth’s significant historic public gardens ever since.

Staunton Historic Garden Tour

Celebrating 100 Years

The 2019 Statewide Historic Garden Week (HGW) also celebrates the centennial year of The Augusta Garden Club. To recognize the history of 100 years of service to the community, the Staunton-Augusta HGW tour highlights over two hundred years of historically significant residential architecture. Staunton is one of America’s finest historic preservation and beautification success stories. The local tour showcases the history of Staunton, the Shenandoah Valley, and the club. The varied styles include Queen Anne, Jeffersonian Federal, Greek Revival, Victorian, and Colonial Revival.

albemarle Tribute

Celebrating the life of William Theodore Van Doren III
July 14, 1948–January 20, 2019

It is with sadness that albemarle Magazine shares the news of the recent and sudden passing of artist, editor, and author William T. Van Doren III.

The Pantry: Everything in its Place

By Cathy Purple Cherry AWA, Founding Principal of Purple Cherry Architects

The twenty-first century brings truly beautiful and elegant solutions to storage issues. Excellent organization is to be shown and admired. The pantry is no longer to be hidden but rather celebrated in its perfectly arranged presentation like a trophy!

Home Buying

Tips to keep you on course to find your perfect home

By Kimberly Blaker

Buying a home is often a highly emotional experience. It begins with the exciting prospect of finding your perfect home and the exhilarating idea of new beginnings. But as the hunt progresses, it can become an emotional roller coaster. After viewing many homes, you might fear you’ll never find the right home. You may experience anxiety over whether you’ll find a home within your budget—or because you’ve fallen in love with a home that’s outside your budget. When you find the perfect home, you’ll be dealing with frustration if another buyer beats you to the punch. When you do make an offer, you may be worried you offered too little or too much. You’ll also experience disappointment if your offer is rejected.


Chickapig Charm

Chickapig has quickly evolved into a full-fledged brand. In addition to the game, a new children’s book, Little Joe Chickapig, has been released.

Entrepreneur Brian Calhoun grew up in the countryside of Rockbridge County, VA, and moved to Charlottesville in his early twenties. He shares, “family, friends, and the fact that Charlottesville might be the greatest city in America keeps me here. It’s incredible. Charlottesville is filled with both established businesses and start-ups. There are so many entrepreneurs here, and I’ve found most everyone I’ve talked to is eager to give advice.”

Berry Berry Nice

It’s Pick-Your-Own Season in Virginia

Virginia, after all, is the first place strawberries were found and cultivated by Colonial settlers. The Virginia strawberry, wild strawberry, or common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana) is one of two species of wild strawberry that were hybridized to create the modern domesticated garden strawberry. Its natural range is confined to North America, in the United States (including Alaska) and Canada, although a popular variety called “Little Scarlet” is grown only in Great Britain, having been imported from the United States in the early 1900s. “There’s nothing quite like a fresh, sun-ripened, juicy strawberry for eating out of hand, in salads, or with ice cream or yogurt,” Bettina Ring, Virginia’s Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, says. “I encourage strawberry lovers and health-conscious consumers to support their local producers and Virginia’s economy by purchasing fresh, Virginia grown strawberries from a nearby farm, farmers’ market, roadside stand or grocery store.”

Celebrating Excellence

2019 Virginia Wineries Association’s Governor’s Cup®

Governor Ralph Northam awarded the 2019 Virginia Wineries Association’s (VWA) Governor’s Cup to Horton Vineyards for their 2016 Petit Manseng at the 2019 Governor’s Cup Gala. The Petit Manseng marks Horton’s first Governor’s Cup-winning wine. All wines competing in the Governor’s Cup competition must be made from 100 percent Virginia fruit.