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Garden Week was a blooming success!


 Steamboat Landing on Caroline Street welsomes visitors visiting in the rain.
SUZANNE CARR ROSSI/THE FREE LANCE-STAR
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Date published: 5/25/2014

Garden Week was a blooming success!

The Garden Club of Virginia has sponsored Historic Garden Week to raise funds to preserve and restore gardens in Virginia.

Fredericksburg has been blessed with several beneficiaries of these funds, including Kenmore, the Mary Washington House, the Mary Washington Monument and Belmont.

On April 29, the Rappahannock Valley Garden Club, a member of The Garden Club of Virginia, hosted the 81st Historic Garden Day event, "Fredericksburg: A Stroll Through Time."

It rained, but this did not deter more than 900 people. We had visitors come from as far as Japan to see the breathtaking homes, floral arrangements and gardens.

The tour featured five lower Caroline Street homes with diverse architectural styles. There was a tea held at the Sentry Box that was a respite from the rain, which didn't dampen any spirits. A floral demonstration by one of our own talented members was very well-received.

There are so many people to thank who made this tour possible. Lewis Insurance Agency sponsored our tickets, and many businesses bought ads in our brochure and the state guidebook.

Special events that included art exhibits at several of the galleries, wine and tasting receptions, discounts at boutiques as well as lunch specials at several restaurants were offered.

Our partners at Fredericksburg Economic Development and Tourism, Spotsylvania Visitor Center, Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation and Fredericksburg City Police Department were invaluable. We thank The Free Lance-Star for articles to publicize this event and for providing umbrella bags for this rain-or-shine tour.

We are thankful that Hilldrup Moving and Storage came through with runners to protect rugs and floors during the rainy day.

The Rappahannock Valley Garden Club wants to thank everyone who took part in this tour and made it possible. Join us for next year's country tour on April 21, 2015. It promises to be a spectacular day.

Becca Mahon

Fredericksburg

The writer is chairman, 2014 Historic Garden Week, Fredericksburg Region