Gardens

Historic Garden Week in Virginia

Historic Garden Week in Virginia

History and gardening fans get together April 20 through 27, 2013, throughout the Commonwealth to tour gardens of houses great and small from the Tidewater area to the Highlands. The Rappahannock Valley portion of the tour will be held Tuesday, April 23, in the Fredericksburg area, including Stafford County:

"To celebrate the anniversary – this tour will feature homes that were opened 80 years ago! Featured locations include Belmont in Falmouth, Virginia, The Snowden House, Chatham, Brompton and Fall Hill. All of these properties enjoy spectacular views of the area and the Rappahannock."

Tours will be offered in different venues throughout the state through Saturday, April 27. Check out the Garden Club of Virginia's Web site for information on all the tours and check out books from the library featuring homes and gardens in the Old Dominion.

CRRL Presents: Beate Jensen: Preservation and Care of the Gardens at Belmont

Beate Jensen: Preservation and Care of the Gardens at Belmont

This interview airs beginning March 21.
A lovely morning is spent in the Gardens at Belmont where Debby Klein has an opportunity to talk to Beate Jensen about her responsibilities as Grounds Preservation Supervisor. Follow the progress of work being done to restore Belmont to the days of Gari and Corinne Melchers on CRRL Presents, a Central Rappahannock Regional Library production. 

Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum

By Isamu Noguchi

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"Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) was one of the greatest 20th-century sculptors, creating innovative parks, plazas, playgrounds, fountains, gardens, and stage sets as well as sculptures of stone, metal, wood, and clay. His works can be seen in public spaces and major museums worldwide, but the full breadth of his vision is revealed most clearly at the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum in Long Island City, New York. Written and designed by Noguchi himself, this book offers unparalled insights into the museum's treasures -- and represents the unity and scope of more than 60 years of intense sculptural activity."

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Williamsburg's Glorious Gardens

By Roger Foley

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Over 117 pages of brilliant photos explore the glorious formal and informal gardens of Williamsburg.

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The Pleasure Gardens of Virginia: From Jamestown to Jefferson

By Peter Martin

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A scholarly look back at gardens of the past. Gardeners recorded their efforts from the settlement of Jamestown on. Both Jefferson and Washington were avid horticulturalists and left detailed note of their plants.

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The Gardens of Colonial Williamsburg

By M. Kent Brinkley

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"The authors present the history of gardening on twenty sites at Colonial Williamsburg, focusing on the eighteenth-century gardeners who planted them and the documentary and archaeological research that guided each garden's re-creation. Detailed plans and captivating photographs identify the plantings and show modern gardeners ways to enjoy the beauty of colonial gardens in their own yards."

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The Fruits and Fruit Trees of Monticello

By Peter J. Hatch

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The story of the restoration of Jefferson's fruit trees is brought to life by the horticulturalist's recollections and period illustrations from Andrew Jackson Downing's Fruit Trees of America (1845), and pages from Jefferson's original orchard plans.

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The Complete Book of Garden Projects: A Step-by-step Guide to Creating and Maintaining Your Outdoor Space

By Betterway Books

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Easy-to-follow guidelines teach readers how to assess their current space then choose the best design and features for their needs. Following that are step by step instructions for building structures, planting beds, laying paths and installing special features such as lighting or fountains.

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Natural Wonders of Virginia: A Guide to Parks, Preserves, and Wild Places

By Garvey Winegar

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A guide to the botanical gardens and natural areas of the Old Dominion.

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Jefferson's Garden

By H. Peter Loewer

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Noted plantsman Peter Loewer profiles Thomas Jefferson as gardener and landscape architect, focusing on the gardens at Monticello, with descriptions of the annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, and vines that Jefferson grew. Insights on each plant from Jefferson, the writers he admired, and those who admired him are combined with Loewer's unique perspective, gardening hints, and stunning line drawings.

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