The 78th Annual Historic Garden Week kicks off this weekend. More than 250 gardens, homes, and historic landmarks will be on display across the commonwealth. The tour in Albemarle County and Charlottesville includes 10 homes and gardens in the Farmington Country Club neighborhood.
Donna Ernest's home and garden is among those included in the tour. She grew up in the home and has continued her mother's love for gardening.
"My mother really is the shoulders that I stand on for this because she, in fact she died in the garden at 92 with flowers in her arm," Ernest said.
Ernest's property includes a chapel, a cabin and garden statues. Wandering pathways lead to a series of outdoor rooms. There's even an herb and vegetable garden with a one of a kind apple tree fence.
"It's just heaven for me. It's really not work and I love doing it," Ernest said.
Roughly 4,000 people are expected to tour the Farmington neighborhood during the four day event. Christine McNeely and Susan Neligan are Co-Chairs of Historic Garden Week in Charlottesville and Albemarle County.
"We have formal gardens. We have vegetable gardens. We have wall gardens and we even have a chicken coop in the back of one of the properties," Neligan said.
Historic Garden Week is the oldest statewide house and garden tour in the country. It's sponsored by the Garden Club of Virginia and benefits the restoration of historic landmarks.
"It's a Virginian tradition and we're celebrating our 78th year so it's just a very special, unique opportunity to see architecture and interior design and in addition to beautiful gardens," McNeely said.
The tour in Charlottesville and Albemarle County is Saturday through Tuesday.
Advance Purchase tickets are $40 and include admission to all 10 properties as well as the Farmington Country Clubhouse and Gardens.
Day of Tour Purchase tickets are $50 and include admission to all 10 properties as well as the Farmington Country Clubhouse and Gardens.
$10 single site admission is available at offsite parking only.
If it rains on Saturday the tour at the Morven Estate Gardens and House will be cancelled.
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