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Gardens Throughout Virginia History

Saturday, April 26, 10:30am12:00pm
Children $17 Members $10 (Join today) Seniors $17 Adults $17
Virginia Historical Society
Part of the Behind the Scenes Tour category.
Part of the program.

Flowers blooming at Virginia HouseGrowing flowers has only a slightly less ancient pedigree in Virginia than agriculture. This program gives a quick survey across four centuries of the chief influences on gardening in the Old Dominion. It will outline historic shifts in agriculture but focus mainly on the development of gardening as ornament, which grew side-by-side with cultivation of the land for food. The program will employ items from the VHS collection to highlight the writings and landscape work of authoritative contributors to the practice of gardening.

Nelson Lankford

Nelson Lankford, Vice President for Programs and Virginius Dabney Editor of the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

Join me on this behind the scenes tour. As a longtime gardener, I will share my knowledge of gardens and gardening throughout Virginia history.

In the museum shop

For the Founding Fathers, gardening, agriculture, and botany were elemental passions: a conjoined interest as deeply ingrained in their characters as the battle for liberty and a belief in the greatness of their new nation.
Founding Gardeners
“Though an old man, I am but a young gardener,” one of four memorable Jefferson quotations to ponder as you sip your morning coffee or afternoon tea.
Thomas Jefferson Gardener Quote Mug
From the 1920s through the 1960s, the name Charles F. Gillette was synonymous with the best in landscaping design in Virginia and the upper South.
Genius In the Garden

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