600 visitors attend Garden Week in Gloucester

Peter J. Teagle - Posted on May 01, 2019 - 02:23 PM

Photo: Some 600 guests visited Little England, above, as well as homes Belvinham Quay and Sweetgrass this past Saturday as part of Historic Garden Week. Proceeds benefitted restoration of historic sites and gardens as well as funding improvements in state parks across Virginia. Photo by Peter J. Teagle

Some 600 guests visited Little England, above, as well as homes Belvinham Quay and Sweetgrass this past Saturday as part of Historic Garden Week. Proceeds benefitted restoration of historic sites and gardens as well as funding improvements in state parks across Virginia. Photo by Peter J. Teagle

 

A sunny spring day made for an ideal backdrop as the Garden Club of Gloucester welcomed 600 visitors for tours of three homes in Gloucester on Saturday.

Little England, Belvinhem Quay and Sweetgrass opened their doors to guests for guided tours and to display scores of flower arrangements as part of the statewide celebration of Historic Garden Week in Virginia.

“This incredible statewide event that takes place over eight days and really highlights all that Virginia has to offer in terms of beautiful, interesting homes in lovely locations complemented by stunning floral arrangements,” said tour chair Durfee Betts. “It takes over 200 people to bring this event to life in Gloucester every year and my committee was amazing.”

These 200 people served as hostesses, flower arrangers, offered refreshments, as well as providing photography and transportation. “We were very lucky to have three stunning homes in addition to Abingdon Church which served as our headquarters,” said Betts, “and are proud to help raise funds for the restoration of historic gardens in Virginia.”

Historic Garden Week as a statewide event generates proceeds for restoring historic sites and gardens, as well as funding improvements in state parks across the commonwealth.

“What a perfect sunny day we had for the tour,” said Garden Club of Gloucester president Anne Marshall. “We are grateful to the owners, the hostesses from the Garden Club of Gloucester and the Walter Reed Garden Club and other citizens, the parkers and others who graciously welcomed visitors from Virginia and across the nation.”