Virginia Show Houses Gardens

Listings of showhouses and showhouse garden locations in Virginia towns, cities and counties

Historical Information:
2009-2010 SCHEDULE

Virginia Showhouses and Garden events
Previous Designer Showhouses
The Richmond Symphony Orchestra League Designer House
Tara II Mansion on Cary St. To benefit the Richmond Symphony Orchestra Tickets are $15.00 prior to September 12 at Richmond.com($1.50 service charge per ticket) At the door $20.00 single; $15.00 group of 10 or more Open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. No parking at the house Free parking and shuttle bus from The Shops at Willow Lawn behind Kroger. Special Gala September 12th; High Tea: September 13 Café and Boutique open all days For more information, call 804-282-4328 or website Open September 15 - October 12, 2008

Norris House Inn Designer Showhouse Special
Locality: Loudoun County
Norris House Inn 108 Loudoun Street Leesburg, VA 20175
Stay a night at the Norris House Inn in Historic Leesburg and receive free tickets for the Designer Showhouse located at Rust Sanctuary. Be sure to ask for your free tickets for a party of two to attend this very special designer showcase. Date: Friday, September 15, 2006 - Tuesday, September 26, 2006 Telephone: Marantha Edwards, Tourism & Marketing Manager: (703) 737-7019 Norris House Inn: (703) 777-1806 Fax: (703) 771-2727

2009 Calendar
July 27–31 Camp "Jr. Ambassador Passport Travels" Camp Time: 9 am–3 pm daily
August 3–7 Camp Go Green! Summer Camp Time: 9 am–3 pm daily
August 10–14 Camp Diggin' in the Dirt Summer Camp Time: 9 am–3 pm daily
September 26 Tour Harvest Tea and Tour Time: Noon and 2 pm
October 23 Tour Behind the Scenes Tour Time: Noon and 2 pm
December 5 Tour Gingerbread Tea and Tour Time: 10 am
December 10 Tour Christmas Tea and Tour Time: 3 pm
December 11 Tour Christmas Tea and Tour Time: 3 pm
December 12 Tour Gingerbread Tea and Tour Time: 10 am

Current exhibition
Warwick to Windsor Farms: Building Virginia House
Long-term exhibition The design and building of Virginia House, home of Alexander and Virginia Weddell, is the subject of this exhibit featuring vintage photos and architectural plans. The stones and much of the glass that became Virginia House in Windsor Farms were once part of a sixteenth–century manor house in Warwickshire, England, home to the Order of the Holy Sepulcher. The Weddells, with their architect Henry Grant Morse, created a composite design for their house including a center wing that recalled elements from the original manor house, a wing that replicated the Washington family's Sulgrave Manor, and a tower wing that reproduced the gatehouse at Wormleighton, home of the Spencer and Churchill families. When the house was completed in 1929, the Weddells deeded it to the Virginia Historical Society, retaining lifetime tenancy for themselves.

Tours and Events
"Jr. Ambassador Passport Travels" Camp
July 27–31 This camp introduces participants to a variety of international cultures and customs. During the week-long educational program, campers ages 9–12 will explore the culture, food, geography, and music from countries where Alexander Weddell (Virginia House resident from 1928–1948) served as a diplomat. Each day focuses on a different country and campers will compare and contrast customs and traditions. At the end of the week, campers will receive a passport certificate and share what they have learned with family and staff at a special party. Reservations are required. $135 per VHS member's child or grandchild; $150 for non-members. Reservations required; call 804.353.4251 or email Tracy Bryan.

"Go Green!" Summer Camp
August 3–7 This summer camp, sponsored by Virginia House and Agecroft Hall, introduces participants to a variety of educational and hands-on activities. During the week-long program, campers ages 10–13 learn about recycling, composting, eco-friendly gardening, rain barrels, and native plants. The week concludes with a party hosted by the camp participants for family and staff, during which camp projects are presented and certificates distributed. Reservations are required. $135 per VHS member's child or grandchild; $150 for non-members. Reservations required; call 804.353.4251 or email Tracy Bryan

"Diggin' in the Dirt" Summer Camp
August 10–14 This summer camp, sponsored by Virginia House and Agecroft Hall, introduces participants to a variety of educational and craft activities. During the week-long program, campers ages 7–9 learn how to identify leaves and trees, create garden stakes and pinwheels, and record weather conditions and their garden adventures in a nature journal. The week concludes with a Mad Hatter's tea party hosted by the camp participants for family and staff, during which craft projects are presented and certificates distributed. Reservations are required. $135 per VHS member's child or grandchild; $150 for non-members. Reservations required; call 804.353.4251 or email Tracy Bryan.

Harvest Tea and Tour
September 26 Begin your afternoon with a stroll through the fall gardens at Virginia House. While you enjoy tea sandwiches, an herb-infused bisque, and sweets on the terrace, learn how to harvest herbs and include them in your afternoon tea. Participants will even have a chance to develop their own tea blend. Admission: $14 for members; $16 for non-members. Reservations required; call 804.353.4251 or email Tracy Bryan. This program is co-sponsored with Agecroft Hall.

Behind the Scenes Tours
October 23 Join the staff for a behind-the-scenes look at Virginia House. Visit seldom-seen areas of the museum and enjoy a close look at the collections of Alexander and Virginia Weddell. Programs last approximately one hour. Times: Noon and 2 pm on each tour date Admission: Free to members; $5 for non-members Reservations required. Please call 804.353.4251 or email Tracy Bryan.

Gingerbread Tea and Tour
December 5 & 12 Celebrate the holidays and create a new family tradition! Design and build your own gingerbread house using gingerbread pieces, snow-like frosting, gumdrops, candy canes, and other colorful treats. Cider and cookies will be served as Virginia House staff talk about holiday traditions in the Tudor home. Admission: $14 per family for VHS members; $16 per family for non-members. Reservations required; call 804.353.4251 or email Tracy Bryan. This program is co-sponsored with Agecroft Hall.

Christmas Tea and Tour
December 10 & 11 Spend an afternoon at two famous Richmond Tudor homes! Your visit begins with a guided holiday tour of the great rooms of Virginia House followed by a walk through the gardens to Agecroft Hall. Your visit concludes with tea and a guided tour of the festively decorated Agecroft Hall. Admission: $22.50 for members; $25 per family for non-members. Reservations required; call 804.353.4251 or email Tracy Bryan. This program is co-sponsored with Agecroft Hall.

List of botanical gardens in Virginia

Bon Air Park Ornamental Garden - Arlington, Virginia
Boxerwood Gardens - Lexington, Virginia
Joseph Bryan Park Azalea Garden - Richmond, Virginia
Edith J. Carrier Arboretum - James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia
Chesapeake Arboretum - Chesapeake, Virginia
Forest Lawn Cemetery - Richmond, Virginia
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden - Richmond, Virginia
Green Spring Gardens Park - Alexandria, Virginia
Hahn Horticulture Garden - Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia
Hampton Roads Arboretum - Virginia Beach, Virginia
Maymont - Richmond, Virginia
Museum of the Shenandoah Valley - Winchester, Virginia
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens - Vienna, Virginia
Norfolk Botanical Garden - Norfolk, Virginia
Oatlands Plantation - Leesburg, Virginia
River Farm (American Horticultural Society) - Alexandria, Virginia
State Arboretum of Virginia - University of Virginia, Boyce, Virginia
Tidewater Arboretum - Virginia Beach, Virginia Orland E. White Research Arboretum - University of Virginia, Boyce, Virginia
Williamsburg Botanical Garden - Williamsburg, Virginia

Last updated: 07/26/14


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