Hydrangea: The Timeless Beauty

photography by Robert Llewellyn

One of the most recognized and appreciated flowers of all time is the hydrangea. The beautiful flowers produced by this plant come in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes. Hydrangea blooms can be pink, blue, red, white, purple, and green. Most put on a showy display from early spring all the way into fall. The significant, rounded flower clusters make handsome cut flowers and dried arrangements.

A State of Grace

Albemarle County’s Oldest Church Celebrates Its 275th Anniversary

compiled by Harry Gamble, Barclay Rives, and Tucker McQueen


Albemarle County has many old churches, but only one is as old as the county itself: Grace Episcopal Church, located on Route 231 in Keswick, VA. Albemarle County was established by the colonial legislature in September of 1744, with its existence to begin officially on January 1, 1745. The vestry of Fredericksville Parish commissioned the construction of Grace Church in April 1745, making it one of the earliest churches on what was then the Virginia frontier. Its founders and first parishioners included many prominent Virginians of the colonial and Revolutionary periods, including Thomas Walker, the explorer of Kentucky and the founder of Charlottesville, John Walker, an aide to Washington and US senator, Thomas Jefferson, author of the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom and vestryman 1767–1770, and William Cabell Rives, US congressman and senator and minister to France. The church is listed both on the National Register of Historic Places and on the Virginia Register of Historic Places. The early history of the county and the church are closely intertwined.

A Crisp Blue Hue

by Cathy Purple Cherry, AIA, Founding Principal and Katie Carlin, Senior Interior Designer of Purple Cherry Architects

The year 2020 marks a new decade and a new Pantone color. A crisp blue hue reminiscent of the sky at dusk, Classic Blue is timeless. You may wonder, who is Pantone, and why do they select a new color each year? The answer to that first question is they are a color consulting enterprise. In addition to choosing the Pantone color of the year, The Pantone Color Institute is the business department within Pantone that forecasts color trends globally, influences the top fashion runway colors, and guides companies on color to build their brand. For over 20 years, they have shaped the product development of several industries, from home furnishings to fashion to graphic design. Their reach influences many of the products we see each and every day.

Celebrating Excellence

2020 Virginia Wineries Association’s Governor’s Cup®

Governor Ralph Northam awarded the 2020 Virginia Wineries Association’s (VWA) Governor’s Cup to 868 Estate Vineyards for their 2017 Vidal Blanc Passito at the 2020 Governor’s Cup Celebration, which took place at the Main Street Station in Richmond. All wines in the Governor’s Cup competition must be made from 100 percent Virginia fruit, but the 868 Vidal Passito represents the first winner made entirely from Loudoun County fruit. Produced by the Italian ‘appassimento’ technique of partially drying grapes to concentrate flavor, the winemaker halts the fermentation early to retain the natural grape sugar in the final product.

Collecting with Ken — Antiques in the Garden

with Antiques Roadshow’s Ken Farmer

As a collector I’m always on the lookout for the next great item to add to our ever-changing collection. Last year, I attended the Fishersville Shenandoah Antique Show hoping to find a great item that we could add to our garden. My wife and I knew we wanted something that would pack a punch by adding a lot of color and complimenting the flowers coming up that spring. As soon as we saw a vintage hand-painted sign with watermelon and cantaloupe illustrations we knew it was just right. The size, color, and handmade nature of it meant it was exactly what we had been looking for.

Who’s Who of REALTORS®

A Directory of the leading Real Estate Professionals in our area, representing the best Virginia has to offer, from homes and estates to farms and commercial properties.

To become a member of “Who’s Who” contact Eden at eweathersby@cjp.com or call 434-989-9668.
albemarle’s Who’s Who of REALTORS® is published twice yearly, appearing in the April/May and October/November issues.

Historic Garden Week in Virginia — EVENT CANCELLED

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

April 18–25, 2020

Each spring visitors are welcomed to over 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks during “America’s Largest Open House.” This 8-day statewide event provides visitors a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of Virginia’s springtime color, as well as beautiful houses sparkling with over 2300 flower arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members. Tour proceeds fund the restoration and preservation of more than 40 of Virginia’s historic public gardens and landscapes, a research fellowship program, and a Garden Club of Virginia Centennial project with Virginia State Parks.

April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day

Advance care planning is not just about old age. At any age, a medical crisis could leave you too ill to make your own healthcare decisions. Panning for health care in the future is an important step toward making sure you get the medical care you would want if you are unable to speak for yourself.

Hospice of the Piedmont

Celebrating 40 Years of Caring for People with Life-Limiting Illnesses and Their Loved Ones

This year, Hospice of the Piedmont celebrates 40 years serving central and northern Virginia with end-of-life care and grief support services. Over the last four decades, Hospice of the Piedmont has grown to meet the community’s needs, not only geographically (when we merged with Hospice of the Rapidan in 2015 and grew from serving nine counties to 12 counties)—but also in the scope of services offered. And since the Medicare benefit pays for all hospice services, patients never have to worry about the cost of care. 

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