COMPILED BY ERIN KAPPELER
APRIL 22-30 Cincinnati Flower ShowCincinnati, OH 513-872-9555 www.cincyflowershow.com
While each spring sees a new crop of garden shows and galas around the country, only one such event has the distinction of being endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society of Great Britain, producer of the world-renowned Chelsea Flower Show. The Cincinnati Flower Show, held at Lake Como at Coney Island, is home to outstanding show gardens, social events, lectures, and garden and plant markets. Stop by to take in the 40-plus show gardens in the Grand Marquee display, the single genus exhibits, the container and window garden displays, the garden-inspired sculpture, pottery, and fiber art in the Artists’ Studio, and many more exciting exhibits and events.
Billing itself as America’s largest open house, Virginia’s Historic Garden Week offers a unique opportunity for gardeners and history buffs alike. More than 250 private homes, normally closed to the public, will open their doors to let visitors explore their exceptional gardens, architecture, and collections of china, glass, and antiques. Highlights include Tuckahoe Plantation, which was Thomas Jefferson’s boyhood home, and Eyre Hall (left), one of the best-preserved colonial homes in Virginia.
Eyre’s garden is one of the oldest in the country, and features clouds of ancient boxwood, venerable crape myrtles, and bright, English-style mixed borders.
All tours benefit the Garden Club of Virginia’s ongoing work restoring neglected historic grounds and gardens throughout the state. A complete schedule of events is listed on the Garden Club of Virginia’s Web site, and a comprehensive 220-page guidebook can be obtained by sending a $5 donation to Historic Garden Week, 12 E. Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23219.
Historic Garden Week
The Garden Club of Virginia 757-331-4662 www.vagardenweek.org