Community Projects, Public Events

Historic Garden Week

In an effort to act responsibly and proactively to protect the well-being of our members, staff, volunteers, and homeowners as well as the 26,000 visitors who travel from all over the world to enjoy the gardens and hospitality of Virginia, the Garden Club of Virginia decided to make the 2021 tour a walking tour of gardens only.

Staunton’s Walking Tour took place on Saturday, April 17, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Gardens on Tour:

C.W. Miller House, 210 N. New Street

Henry St. George Tucker House, 322 N. New Street

Stratton House, 271 N. Lewis Street

269 N. Lewis Street

Gypsy Hill Park, 600 Churchville Avenue

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Garden

Staunton is one of Virginia’s premier historic preservation and beautification success stories. Featured are gardens and exterior spaces exclusively at four turn-of-the-20th-century urban homes. Enjoy porches and patios decorated with spectacular outdoor arrangements and presentations on floral design, architecture, and archeology. Stroll the neighboring historic streets and nearby Gypsy Hill Park with its refurbished Victorian structures and new interpretive signs.

Please visit this page or our Facebook and Instagram pages for photos and more information about the 2021 tour. Thank you for your support of Historic Garden Week and the Garden Club of Virginia.

Historic Garden Week of Virginia

Historic Garden Week of Virginia

Each spring, The Garden Club of Virginia welcomes visitors 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 2,000 flower arrangements created by Garden Club of Virginia members.

how it helps

Proceeds from the statewide event fund the restoration and preservation of Virginia’s historic gardens, and provide research fellowships for building comprehensive and ongoing records of historic gardens and landscapes in the Commonwealth. Since the first statewide tour, over $17 million has been contributed to these worthwhile causes.

Other projects
In 1935, Staunton’s City Manager James C. Ruff aspired to make Staunton the dogwood capital of Virginia to rival Washington, D.C.’s reputation for their cherry blossoms.
The Rawlinson Collection memorializes a former member who was not only an able gardener but also editor for many years of the Garden Club of Virginia’s Garden Gossip.
As a part of its effort to promote and create public awareness of conservation in the Staunton and Augusta County area, the Augusta Garden Club initiated a series of signs to educate the public about the Lewis Creek Watershed.