Garden tour held in spite of approaching storm

by Bill Nachman - Posted on Apr 20, 2011 - 04:18 PM

Photo: Admiring 0the back porch of Sweetgrass Saturday were, from left, Zoe Kindle of Richmond, hostess Jeannie Miller, and Zoe’s daughter, Kae Kindle of Mathews. Photo by Bill Nachman.

Admiring 0the back porch of Sweetgrass Saturday were, from left, Zoe Kindle of Richmond, hostess Jeannie Miller, and Zoe’s daughter, Kae Kindle of Mathews. Photo by Bill Nachman.

Photo: Darlene Johnson of Richmond, left, and her friend Sharon Dunaway of Locust Hill, admire one of the lovely floral arrangements at Clovelly Saturday afternoon during the local house and garden tour sponsored by the Garden Club of Gloucester in conjunction with the Garden Club of Virginia. Photo by Bill Nachman.

Darlene Johnson of Richmond, left, and her friend Sharon Dunaway of Locust Hill, admire one of the lovely floral arrangements at Clovelly Saturday afternoon during the local house and garden tour sponsored by the Garden Club of Gloucester in conjunction with the Garden Club of Virginia. Photo by Bill Nachman.

Despite threatening weather, the Gloucester-Mathews tour of Historic Garden Week in Virginia held Saturday sold 600 tickets, chairman Mary Anne Griffith said, and the event ran pretty smoothly thanks to the hard work of many volunteers.

"We are grateful the weather lasted" pretty well through the event, Griffith said Monday, indicating that the guests and volunteers quickly left the four homes on tour at the designated 5 p.m. closing time to make sure they could find shelter from the approaching storm. Griffith chaired the event with Karen Malo for the local sponsor, the Garden Club of Gloucester.

Guests were very pleased with the tour, Griffith said, and "they seemed in a good mood despite the windy weather."

She said that guests came from far and near, with many repeat visitors from past tours. Perhaps the visitors who came the farthest were a couple from Holland, Pick van Oeveren and his wife Bea, who were visiting their friend Diana Burton in Mathews.

"We don’t have anything like this there," Bea van Oeveren said while touring the cottage at Creek House at Susan Saturday morning. In her country, she said that private home tours are unheard of, with only public residences such as the royal palace open for viewing.

"This is a wonderful idea," Pick van Oeveren said of being able to tour private homes and gardens.