Mar 19 2012

3rd Annual Secret Garden Progressive Cocktail Party Features RVA Gardens and Green Spaces

On Thursday, May 17, 2012 from 5:30 – 8:30 PM, party lovers and RVA enthusiasts will once again enjoy an evening of cocktails, gardens and green spaces during the 3rd Annual Secret Garden Progressive Cocktail Party.

Five sites are included in the party and will be connected by shuttle service for safe, convenient transport. The locations include Valentine Richmond History Center, the John Marshall House, The White House of the Confederacy, Monumental Church and the VCU Massey Cancer Center. Guests may start at any of the five venues and use the provided shuttle transportation. Purchase your tickets in advance or at the door. There is a one-drink limit per location.

At the Sally Archer Garden of The White House of the Confederacy, enjoy Carolina BBQ Bites and Lemon Squares, Virginia wines and assorted beers, live music by Wayside and tours of the galleries.

Becky’s Healing Garden at VCU’s Massey Center will feature Panzanella Skewers and Rosemary Chicken with Red Pepper Pesto, Strawberry Blossoms and Prosecco, classical music by Deborah Saidel and researchers discussing current projects.

The Wickham House (1812) Garden of the Valentine Richmond History Center will feature Mini Grilled Vegetable Kabobs, Hawaiian Meatballs and tropical fruit, Tropical Ginger Punch with Cirrus Vodka, live music by the Jeff Powell Quartet and tours of the house and galleries.

The John Marshall House Garden and the Betty Moore Garden at Monumental Church are also participating.

Tickets purchased in advance are $30 per person or $50 per couple. If you wait until the day of the event, the tickets are $35 for a single and $60 for a couple.

Pair your Progressive Cocktail Party with a stay at one of the Historic Richmond Inns. Secure your reservations now and plan on a delightful visit at some of the area’s historic and beautiful gardens!

The Historic Richmond Inns


Feb 13 2012

79th Annual Historic Garden Week

A bit of snow this weekend has many daydreaming of warmer spring afternoons. Preparations are underway for Virginia’s annual Historic Garden Week, April 21 – 28, 2012. A full-color guidebook to the 250 homes included on the tour will be available this month, free at designated outlets or for $10 if requested by mail.

This is the 79th annual Garden Week, and Richmond’s premier private homes and estates will welcome visitors April 24th – 26th. Tours are sponsored by the Garden Club of Virginia and are available for $35 in advance or $40 on the day of the tour. Lunch and refreshments will be served.

Three Richmond-area tours are planned:

April 24: Amphill/Wilton Area

April 25: The Boulevard

April 26: Three Chopt/Westhampton Area

During these three days, the Kent-Valentine House, Headquarters of the Garden Club of Virginia and Historic Garden Week will host complimentary refreshments from 10 AM to 3 PM.  The White House of the Confederacy will offer free admission to Garden Week ticket holders. Tuckahoe Plantation will be open in honor of the event as will Virginia House. Additional opportunities to enjoy the architectural and historic can be found on the event website.

Richmond is the perfect home base for exploring Garden Week throughout Virginia. The Historic Richmond Inns book early, so make your reservations today, and we’ll look forward to welcoming you this spring!

The Historic Richmond Inns