Ideal weather graces this year’s Garden Week tour

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on May 01, 2013 - 02:39 PM

Photo: The gardens at Samarkand were a big hit at Saturday’s Historic Garden Week Tour in Mathews. Above, from left, Sally Smith and Barbara McKinney, both of Richmond, hostess Jean Howard of Mathews, and Libby Heid and Karen Bishop, both of Cincinnati, Ohio, are seen enjoying the beautiful weather and scenery in front of the home. Photo by Quinton Sheppard

The gardens at Samarkand were a big hit at Saturday’s Historic Garden Week Tour in Mathews. Above, from left, Sally Smith and Barbara McKinney, both of Richmond, hostess Jean Howard of Mathews, and Libby Heid and Karen Bishop, both of Cincinnati, Ohio, are seen enjoying the beautiful weather and scenery in front of the home. Photo by Quinton Sheppard

Photo: Carolie Frazer dressed in costume Saturday to greet visitors to Magnolia, one of the homes on the Historic Garden Week Tour in Mathews. She is shown with, from left, Michael Rankin of Norfolk, and Trudy and Bruce Vanderhoof of Gloucester. Photo by Quinton Sheppard

Carolie Frazer dressed in costume Saturday to greet visitors to Magnolia, one of the homes on the Historic Garden Week Tour in Mathews. She is shown with, from left, Michael Rankin of Norfolk, and Trudy and Bruce Vanderhoof of Gloucester. Photo by Quinton Sheppard

Visitors to Saturday’s Historic Garden Week tour sponsored by the Garden Club of Gloucester enjoyed some of the best weather the coordinators could ever remember during the time they have been hosting the event.

"It was a fantastic day," tour chair Tish Grant said. "The weather certainly cooperated and everyone seemed to have a wonderful time … I can’t remember a day better than that one."

Though she said no estimate has been determined on the number of people who attended the four homes in Mathews, attendance was up from recent tours. "We had a very good crowd," Grant added.

She said no major issues were reported during the tour, except maybe that the shuttle buses took a bit long to load and unload visitors.

One of the favorite stops was the Samarkand gardens, said Grant, who made that her last stop of the day. "It was so beautiful, I didn’t want to leave," she said. "I can’t think of anything better than sitting in the shady (area there) with a glass of lemonade and a cookie."

Other stops on Saturday’s tour included the historic homes Magnolia, Springdale and Buckley Hall.

Grant said the visit of the Godspeed at Williams Wharf was a huge hit over the weekend. "I heard Williams Wharf was totally sold out of lunches and people were lining up to get on the ship all three days," she said.