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.
WriterArtist, Thank you for coming by and showing a love for historic gardens.
Virginia Historic Garden Week organizers arranged a lovely itinerary that showcased Commonwealth gardening without jeopardizing anyone's health. They're always respectful of area wildlife, which is wonderful since the last week of April nesting birds and spring peepers (Pseudacris crucifer) are quite busy, visible and vocal.
Thank you for mentioning Brindavan Garden, about which the internet has some interesting articles and lovely images.
I love historic gardens that have a history to narrate. In India, we have Brindavan garden which is arranged in 3 terraces. I can imagine the mighty Tipu Sultan (Mughal Emperor) riding on his horse and inspecting the beauty of nature in peaceful and turbulent times. Some of the parts of this forest garden are so inaccessible that one needs to be an adept horse rider to venture there. One requires a lot of energy going on foot as the vastness of it gives a picture of immense expanse and what emperors could afford at their time.