2015 Historic Garden Week Coming to Bruton Parish Church

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garden weekOne of Virginia’s springtime traditions is getting ready to return to the Historic Triangle.

The 86th annual Virginia Historic Garden Week kicks off April 18, and will feature activities in the City of Williamsburg and near the Historic Triangle.

Originally launched in 1929, Historic Garden Week is sponsored by the Garden Club of Virginia, and encourages visitation to the states historic public gardens. Proceeds from the annual event go toward restoration and preservation of the gardens across the state.

The event focuses on special tours of more than 50 historic gardens in Virginia, including the Bruton Parish Churchyard in Colonial Williamsburg.

The Historic Garden Week tour of Bruton Parish coincides with the church’s 300th anniversary. To recognize its historic founding, the churchyard will be decorated with wedding flowers. Other gardens in the city, including the Custis Tenement and Garden, William & Mary President’s House and Garden, and the Fife and Drum Inn, will also feature the theme through special flower arrangements.

A tour of the historic gardens in Williamsburg is scheduled for 4 p.m. April 18. Tickets for the event are $40. Additional information can be found online at the Garden Club of Virginia website.

In addition to the decorated gardens, visitors will be able to catch a glimpse of the famous LOVE sculpture, which is being exhibited in Williamsburg for the first time April 17 to 23 in Merchants Square. A replica of the sculpture made entirely of daffodils will also be on display.

“The LOVE letters have never been to Williamsburg, and there is great excitement building around their arrival,” said Marina Ashton, Colonial Williamsburg’s director of commercial operations. “We are planning some fun and unique activities to announce their arrival.”

Tours of other historic gardens in the area are also scheduled for the April 18 to 25 celebration. From April 19 through 21, there will be tours of the gardens at the historic Westover, Shirley and Berkeley plantations along the James River in Charles City County.

The plantation garden tours are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and cost $15 per person. Additional information is available here.

Although it is not part of the official Historic Garden Week, York County is also hosting garden-themed events in the coming weeks.

The Celebrate Yorktown Committee is holding a Garden Stroll from April 24 to 25 at the Yorktown Baptist Church. The event will feature garden tours, artwork, sculpture and refreshments, along with a plant sale.

The event is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the event. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit free-to-the-public events in Yorktown.


New Quarter Park Receives Gift of Eagle Scout Project

A York County park is the recipient of five bird’s nest boxes thanks to a local Eagle Scout.

Jalen Waller (Courtesy York County)
Jalen Waller (Courtesy York County)

Jalen Waller of Troop 306 in Yorktown built the boxes as part of his Eagle Scout process. The boxes will be used by wood ducks in the park to protect their nests, as wood ducks were nearly driven to extinction in the 20th century due to habitat destruction.

Part of the species’ rebound was due to the creation of nest boxes, similar to the ones Waller produced.

Waller presented the boxes to the park April 10 and spoke about the project. Scouts from Troop 306 and Troop 195 of Williamsburg helped install the boxes in the Queen Creek and Cub Creek wetlands around the park.

New Quarter Park is a located at 1000 Lakeshead Drive in Upper York County near the Queens Lake neighborhood.