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Charlottesville Historic Garden Week lineup announced

Tickets are on sale for 2024 Historic Garden Week, which will open garden gates in Charlottesville and Albemarle County from April 20 to 22.

The self-guided tours, offered from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or 1:30 to 5 p.m. April 21, include a Free Union property for the first time that boasts an orchard, structured gardens and paths.

Also on the tour is the Ballard-Maupin Cabin, a restored late-18th-centry farmhouse. The third location is Waterperry Farm, a 19th-century estate; its expansive botanical garden contains several garden rooms with water features, sculptures and a greenhouse.

The properties are large and will require a lot of walking, so be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes.

Proceeds from the tours help fund the Garden Club of Virginia’s ongoing projects to restore and preserve public gardens, landscapes and other sites across the state. Ticket sales also help fund a research fellowship program in landscape architecture.

Tickets are $60 on the day of the tours, or $50 in advance. For tickets, maps and details about the properties, go to vagardenweek.org/Albemarle-Charlottesville.

Tours of Morven in Albemarle County will be April 20, and tickets will be $20 per person at the entrance. Morven was part of the original 1730 Carter family land grant, and Thomas Jefferson referred to it as “Indian Camp.” John W. Kluge, its last private owner, gave the property to the University of Virginia Foundation in 2001.

Heavy rain will cancel the Morven tour, so plan to call (703) 303-5445 after 7 a.m. April 20 to verify whether the site will be open.

Source: www.dailyprogress.com

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