Let me recommend the best medicine in the world:
a long journey, at a mild Season, thro’ a pleasant Country, in easy stages.
~James Madison, 1794a
Each spring visitors are welcomed to over 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks during “America’s Largest Open House.” This 8-day statewide event provides visitors a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of Virginia’s springtime color, as well as beautiful houses sparkling with over 2,300 flower arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members.
- Virginia Historic Garden Week– April 17th – 24th, 2021
- Dolley Madison Garden Club hosts the Club sponsored Garden Club of Virginia Historic Garden Week tour in Orange County every other year. This year they will be giving the Warrenton Garden Club a hand at their sites.
Gardening is a social distancing-friendly activity that has proven mental and physical health benefits. Orange County, VA is full of rolling hill landscapes and distinctive gardens that would be perfect for those interested in unique ways to appreciate all that nature has to offer.
Featured in Virginia’s historic garden week tour in 2020, the Annie duPont Garden at James Madison’s Montpelier is a 2-acre terraced garden boasting a mass of peonies, bearded and Japanese irises, and oriental poppies.
The Grelen Nursery is one of the largest retail tree nurseries in Virginia. Spanning 200-acres, this nursery houses distinctive trees, shrubs and plants and inspired the establishment of the Market at Grelen.
Taylor Park in the Town of Orange , the Dolley Madison Garden Club’s Community Project oversees seasonal and general plantings in Taylor Park. The park is archived as a public garden by the Smithsonian Institute and has meandering pathways of plantings, old growth trees and a water feature in the central portion of the park with benches to stop and soak in the surroundings.
Family-owned Darnell’s Garden Patch is a staple for local gardener’s offering quality plants, produce, and specialty foods. Additionally, Darnell’s has its own retail store and several greenhouses for visitors to explore. gardens and nurseries provide delightful outdoor experiences for all to enjoy!
Barboursville Vineyards Allegrante Meadow, the romantically lush carpet of native wildflowers functioning as a pollinator garden can be enjoyed up-close in the summer months by a tended footpath for any visitor to admire and learn from Nature’s vision of this estate.