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Date set for Historic Garden Week in Albemarle, Charlottesville

This year’s Historic Garden Week will include lush sites in Charlottesville and Albemarle County from April 20 to 22. Tours will be offered from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 5 p.m.

On April 21, three different properties in Free Union will be included on a self-guided driving tour.

A property on Chapel Spring Road will be featured on the tour for the first time, and visitors will find an orchard, paths and structured gardens. The Ballard-Maupin Cabin is a restored late-18th-century farmhouse next to a pond lined with trees.

Waterperry Farm, the third stop, is a 19th-century estate that has been transformed into a botanical garden complete with garden rooms, water features, sculpture and a greenhouse.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 20, visitors can see several spots at the University of Virginia for free.

It’s possible to tour Carr’s Hill, the president’s home, and also see the Pavilion Gardens, plus the Arboretum and Botanical Gardens at UVa’s Darden School of Business. Find details about UVa’s tour stops at

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 20, weather permitting, visitors can visit Morven Estate House & Gardens for $20. The final private owner, John W. Kluge, gave the 1820 estate to the UVa Foundation in 2001.

The Morven visit will be canceled in the event of heavy rain, so before venturing out on April 20, call (434) 296-4695 after 7 a.m.

The sites will require plenty of walking, so be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes.

Proceeds from the tours will benefit restoration and preservation of historic gardens, landscapes and state parks throughout Virginia and support other Garden Club of Virginia initiatives.

A limited number of tickets for the April 21 tours will be available online at


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