Virginia Historic Garden Week 2016 applauds outdoor looks:
About 30,000 visitors are expected to participate in 34 Virginia Historic Garden Week 2016 tours hosted by 47 member clubs at just under 250 locations from April 23 to April 30, 2016.
The 2016 guidebook, downloadable from the Garden Club of Virginia’s website, begins with the enchanting statement “America’s largest open house is Virginia’s oldest volunteer tourism project.”
The Garden Club of Virginia’s 3,400 members continue an 83-year-old volunteer fundraising tradition that dates back to the first statewide tour of 73 properties in 1929. Eight days of five to eight-hour-long tours draw gardens, historic sites and private residences into an event whose total economic impact is projected at $17 million.
A survey conducted by Chmura Economics & Analytics of Richmond, Virginia, estimates the 45-year-impact of Virginia Historic Garden Week at $425 million, between 1969 and 2014.