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Celebrate Historic Garden Week in Newport News

What is Historic Garden Week?

Historic Garden week is an 8 day state-wide event that celebrates the beautiful homes, gardens and historic landmarks in Virginia. The proceeds help fund the preservation of over 40 historic public gardens and landscapes, research and a Garden Club Centennial project with Virginia State Parks. In Newport News, we not only get to tour these beautiful homes and landscapes, but have an opportunity to enjoy refreshments, art, home décor and more.

Historic Garden Week in Newport News

Come and see the beautiful homes and gardens we have right here in Newport News. Six houses and seven gardens on Douglas Drive, Cedar Lane, and Gary Road in the Cedar Grove neighborhood of Newport News will be open for tours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 26 during Historic Garden Week. View full itinerary

Additionally, the green in the center of Douglas Drive – a place typically used for neighborhood parties and cookouts – will be the site for several gardening seminars.

Wine & Dine

In keeping with the tradition of using the green for neighborhood celebrations, a “Flowers After Hours” wine-and-cheese reception will take place there at the end of the day. Because no parking is available at the homes the day of the tour, the Peninsula Fine Arts Center at 101 Museum Drive will be the shuttle bus pick-up and drop-off location to take guests to/from Douglas Drive.

The Peninsula Fine Arts Center will also be the location of “The Marketplace,” which features vendors selling artwork, garden accessories, home décor, jewelry, and gift items from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the day of the tour.

The arts center will also offer a $20 buffet lunch of sandwiches and side salads from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., which comes with a hand-painted box created by local artists. Lunch without the box will be available for $15. For pre-paid lunch reservations, contact Joan Dobson at jdobson@pfac-va.org or 757-596-8175 by April 17.

Purchase Tickets

Garden tour tickets may be purchased in advance, until 5 p.m. April 24, for $30 from a number of locations in Hampton, Newport News, and York County. On April 25-26, tickets go up to $40 per person. Two- and three-day combination tickets, which include Williamsburg, Newport News, and/or Norfolk, are also available, but only through April 23. Purchase tickets

The single-day ticket to Newport News includes admission to The Mariners’ Museum, the Peninsula Fine Arts Center, as well as seminars on beekeeping, butterfly gardening, coastal gardening, cut-flower gardening, and flower arranging.

Lee Hall Mansion in Newport News will offer Historic Garden Week ticket-holders $1 off regular admission price when visiting April 27-30 and presenting their garden tour ticket. Located at 163 Yorktown Road, Lee Hall Mansion is an Italianate brick historic house featuring period décor and furnishings. Years ago, its grounds were a restoration project of the Garden Club of Virginia with funding from Historic Garden Week tours.

For more information, visit http://www.vagardenweek.org/or follow “Historic Garden Week – Hampton/Newport News” on Facebook. 


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