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These 2 Charlottesville-area gardens were just named among the top 10 in Virginia

The gardens at the University of Virginia and Monticello are among the top 10 best in the commonwealth of Virginia, according to a new ranking.

Dating reviews website compiled a variety of data to curate a list of the most beautiful gardens in each state, drawing on qualities of historical significance, botanical diversity and aesthetic beauty, design and popularity.

The gardens at Monticello, designed by Founding Father Thomas Jefferson, topped the list. praised the gardens at the third president’s treasured Albemarle County home, saying, “Featuring a variety of plants, including peonies, and classical pavilions, the Monticello Gardens offer visitors a glimpse into the mind of one of America’s founding fathers.”

Taking fifth place on the list are UVa’s Pavilion Gardens in Charlottesville. “Designed by Thomas Jefferson, these historic gardens feature classical pavilions and blooming wisteria vines in spring,” the website states.

Between the Monticello Gardens and the UVa Pavilion Gardens in the top five are Maymont Gardens in Richmond at No. 2, Norfolk Botanical Gardens in Norfolk at No. 3 and various historic properties and gardens maintained by the Garden Club of Virginia at No. 4.

Rounding out the list are Agecroft Hall Gardens in Richmond in sixth place, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond at No. 7, Green Springs Gardens in Alexandria at No. 8, Fredericksburg’s Chatham Manor Gardens at No. 9 and Vienna’s Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in the 10th spot.

The new list can get people thinking ahead as Historic Garden Week draws near. The annual event, presented by the Garden Club of Virginia, will be offering a variety of tours across the state from April 20 to 22, and the UVa Pavilion Gardens can be seen between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. April 22 during a free tour of gardens on the UVa Grounds.

Tickets for the local tours are on sale online at


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