Good Day Sunflower: The National Flower of Ukraine

As the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues, displaying sunflowers has become one of the many ways the world is showing solidarity for the Ukrainian people. Originally from North America, sunflowers—soniashnyk in Ukrainian—have been grown in Ukraine since the mid-18th century, according to the 1993 Encyclopedia of Ukraine. For tips on how to plant, grow, and care for sunflowers, click below:

Putting the Fun in Function
Five Home Design Trends That Add Value

by Cathy Purple Cherry, AIA, LEED-AP, Founder and Principal of Purple Cherry Architects
photography by David Burroughs and Durston Saylor

We often think of movements centered around colors, materials, or textures when thinking of design trends. However, homeowners’ increased focus on functionality, organization, and well-being also drives many trending design decisions. Homeowners are rethinking and reevaluating what qualities are essential for them in their homes and how purposeful they can make each space. Thus, we are increasingly implementing design strategies that support these goals. In this article, I explore the top five architectural design trends that Purple Cherry Architects are incorporating into the designs of our new homes or in our home renovations that include both fun and function and, ultimately, add value.

Historic Garden Week in Virginia

The Nation’s Only Statewide House and Garden Tour
photography by Donna Moulton

“Appreciation for the restorative value of gardening is not a new idea, but current circumstances have certainly made our connection to nature all the more relevant,” says Tricia Garner, Chairman of Historic Garden Week. “Our tours offer a special opportunity to get outside and enjoy beautiful outdoor spaces.” The 2022 event encompasses local tours organized and hosted by Garden Club of Virginia member clubs. Nearly 200 private homes, gardens, and historical sites will be open on 29 tours in communities across the state.

For one week in April, visitors tour inspired private landscapes, public gardens and historic sites across Virginia and enjoy the Commonwealth at the peak of springtime blooming. An estimated 2,000 spectacular floral arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members enhance tour properties. Historic Garden Week 2022 will include 29 unique tours organized and hosted by 48 member clubs located from the foothills of the Shenandoah Valley all the way to the beaches of Tidewater. The full range of Virginia’s landscape is showcased through the tours hosted by member clubs.

To reserve your Historic Garden Week tickets, visit

Frankie Welch’s Americana: Fashion, Scarves, and Politics

In the new book, Frankie Welch’s Americana: Fashion, Scarves, and Politics, author Ashley Callahan explores the life of this trailblazing entrepreneurial American textile and fashion designer. A special thanks to the UGA Special Collections Library, Ashley Callahan, Peggy Welch Williams, and Genie Welch Leisure.

Innisfree Village

photography courtesy Innisfree Village

50 years after it began, the mission to serve adults with disabilities is as strong as ever. Innisfree Village was founded in 1971 by a small group of families who held a vision of a community where their children with disabilities could flourish. Working with Innisfree’s first director, Heinz Kramp, the founders envisioned a community set on a farm, where volunteer caregivers lived in family homes with adults with intellectual disabilities. All community members would engage together in meaningful work on the farm, in a bakery, a woodshop, and a weavery. The capabilities and talents of all community members would be fostered, and the dignity of each person honored.

Historic Garden Week 2022 at Innisfree Village • Special Event Sunday, April 24

Hidden in the Albemarle County foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains lies Brown’s Cove, settled by the Brown family over 275 years ago. Walnut Level at Innisfree Village will be open for Historic Garden Week for the first time, along with Turkey Ridge, the modern home of Innisfree’s founder. Also on tour are the family homes and gardens at Mount Fair Farm and Brightberry. Be sure to visit members of the Innisfree Community as they offer their artisan products for sale, only for Historic Garden Week ticketholders.

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Collecting with Ken
Silver Shows Its True Mettle with Antiques Roadshow’s Ken Farmer

My first lesson in silver came when my wife Jane and I started buying and then selling antiques in the 1970s. We had the popular generalist book called Know Your Antiques by Ralph and Terry Kovel. The book has various chapters on different categories of antique collecting. The silver chapter, in particular, was fascinating. We learned that different countries have different marking systems and that only a few initials mark some silver. There are a variety of silver contents, including coin, sterling, and British standards. Hallmarks, or markings on the silver, have been used for centuries to designate makers and the level of silver content.

Building Business and Community

From the Desk of Elizabeth Cromwell, President and CEO of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber has built a productive relationship with the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and facilitates dialogue between the Fed and the “boots on the ground” local businesses in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Local companies can tap into specific data and trends through the numerous presentations provided by the Fed. More importantly, the Fed’s economists better understand the data when they meet our local business leaders for whom the information is playing out in “real life.” Renee Haltom has joined us for numerous Chamber gatherings and is a great listener and a compelling speaker, making economic data both understandable and fascinating. She has agreed to share some current thoughts on the economy. As a deep subject matter expert, Renee is an incredibly valuable resource for Chamber members. We are grateful for her ongoing collaboration with us.

Who’s Who of REALTORS®

Please visit the Who’s Who of REALTORS® tab for the Fall 2022 Directory of the leading Real Estate Professionals in our area, including links to each member’s website and contact information. To become a member of “Who’s Who” contact Eden at 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.

Are you a Real Estate Professional interested in becoming a member of the Who’s Who of REALTORS®? We are currently accepting new members. View details on the Who’s Who tab, and contact Eden at or 434-989-9668 to explore the benefits of this program.

All Creatures Great and Small
Spring Chickens

Most people who keep chickens do so largely for the constant supply of fresh eggs, but did you know that keeping chickens can be also be beneficial for the garden? When the gardening season has finished for the year, let the chickens into your gardening space and watch them go crazy. They’ll uproot the stems and stalks of weeds and gobble up any damaged or overripe vegetables that remain. After that, they’ll scratch the ground and peck out hidden worms or insects, mixing up the soil in the process—all with endless enthusiasm and curiosity.

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